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Meet the Vice Chancellor

Portrait of Tyvi SmallTyvi Small, PhD currently serves as UT Knoxville’s vice chancellor for Access and Engagement. He previously served UT in the Haslam College of Business from 2007 to 2018, most recently as executive director for talent management, diversity, and community relations.

Before coming to Knoxville, he was the education coordinator and assistant to the mayor for the City of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Small is a native of Pahokee, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in education and received his PhD in higher education administration from the University of Tennessee.

Small is very involved in the community and serves on the board of directors of the Knoxville Area Urban League and the Tennessee Valley Fair. He is past secretary–treasurer of the Development Corporation of Knox County and vice chair of the Board of Commissioners for the Knoxville Utilities Board. He is a member of Leadership Tennessee Class VII, a 2012 graduate of Leadership Knoxville, and a 2008 graduate of Introduction Knoxville. Small is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He is an active member of Overcoming Believers Church and enjoys spending time with his wife, Tammi.

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