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Dr. Francis Canedo Appointed New Director of University Honors

The Division of Student Success is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Francis Canedo as the new Director of University Honors at the University of Tennessee, commencing July 28.  

With an impressive career trajectory, Dr. Canedo brings a wealth of experience and a strong academic background to this prestigious role. She joins University Honors from her previous positions as an Instructional Dean, Dean of Humanities, and tenured Foreign Language Department Chair.  

Her dedication to education is perhaps best exemplified through her past service as a board member at the Tennessee Foreign Languages Institute and as a Maxine Smith Fellow with the Tennessee Board of Regents. 

Dr. Canedo will be joining a leadership team consisting of Executive Director Dr. Pat Akos and Haslam Leadership Scholars faculty lead Dr. James Williams. Together, they will guide and shape the future of University Honors.  

“Her previous colleagues and supervisors describe her as a fearless, natural born leader and raved about the trust she inspires. She is going to be a tremendous leader for University Honors, UT, and the State.” notes Dr. Akos. “We have outstanding curricular and organizational leadership in place. We will continue to evolve our programming to be cutting edge and vibrant for our students confronted with today’s and tomorrow’s wicked challenges.” 

Dr. Canedo shared, “I am genuinely thrilled to join the University Honors Program at UTK. I eagerly anticipate working with exceptional students and being a part of their enriching academic experiences. It is an immense privilege to have the chance to collaborate closely with students, distinguished faculty members, and dedicated staff. I am committed to learning from others, contributing my skills and perspectives, and actively participating in the University’s community.”  

Dr. Canedo holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University, an MBA from Universidad Privada Boliviana and Universidad de Santiago de Chile, and bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Human Resources. Her diverse educational background reflects her commitment to interdisciplinary perspectives and well-rounded learning experiences. 

It’s also worth noting she possesses extensive experience working with student learning outcomes at institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Her knowledge and familiarity with these accreditation agencies will ensure that the university maintains high standards of educational excellence. 

The Division of Student Success looks forward to the dynamic leadership and innovative initiatives Dr. Canedo will bring to University Honors and the broader campus at large.