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April 17, 2004

Dr. Anne Mayhew, vice chancellor of academic affairs and dean of graduate studies, presided over her final meeting of the Tennessee Athletics Board at its spring 2004 meeting Saturday morning in the Ray Mears Room at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mayhew has served as the school's NCAA faculty representative for the past four years.

"This has been a wonderful four years, and I am thankful for the experience," Mayhew said. "I did not know anything about athletics when I assumed this role. I am grateful for the people in the athletic department who tolerated my lack of knowledge and worked with me."

Dr. Todd Diacon, associate professor and head of the history department, has assumed the role of NCAA faculty representative.

"It will be hard to take over for Anne but she has provided an excellent example of how to do this job," Diacon said. "She came in during a tough time and has made substantive changes to the academic side of athletics. Anne was dedicated to doing things the right way. We expect the most of our student-athletes, and we can do that because of Anne's leadership."

Diacon's immediate challenge is completing the NCAA recertification process. This process includes a self-study and a site visit from an NCAA committee composed of representatives from other NCAA institutions. The report will be submitted to the NCAA in early 2005 and the recertification process will be complete by July 2005.

"It is something that requires a lot of work but it gives us a good opportunity to state what we do well and identifies in what areas we need to improve," Diacon said.

The athletic department continues to move forward with facility upgrades as well. The Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex addition is on schedule to be completed in January 2005. Ground-breaking on the new aquatic center is expected to occur in August 2004. A decision on the renovations of the softball facility in Tyson Park and the soccer complex are expected soon as well.

Feasibility studies are also underway for renovations to Lindsey Nelson Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena. Athletic Director Mike Hamilton announced the process has been approved for the development of a master plan for Neyland Stadium. Members of the athletic department will visit several recently renovated football stadiums to gain a better understanding of the process. Renovations to other stadiums have cost in the $50-$100 million range.

The men's athletic department operated on a budget of $56.7 million during fiscal year 2004 that included a transfer of $6.6 million to the women's athletic department. The women's athletic department operated on a budget of $12.5 million including the transferred revenue.

The Athletics Board annually recognizes the top male and female student-athlete in each grade classification. This year's honorees are: Senior - Dusty Johnson (baseball, 3.85) and Lindsay Hyatt (track, 3.90); Junior - Matthew Lapp (track & field, 3.71) and Marissa Allen (rowing, 4.0); Sophomore - Tyler Gustafson (swimming, 3.85) and Lindsey Groves (rowing, 4.0); Freshman Jeff Day (track & field, 4.00), Tino Weiss (golf, 4.0), Sidney Spencer (basketball, 4.0), Melissa Amado (soccer, 4.0), Lindsay Schutzler (softball, 4.0), Ashley Yeager (swimming, 4.0) and Blakely Griffith (tennis, 4.0).

Most improved honorees were Chandler Rice (track & field), Tim Kelly (track & field), Angela Brewer (softball) and Kameisha Bennett (track & field).

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