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19. President of Tennessee Tech University, Dr. Philip Oldham

Dr. Philip Oldham was appointed president of Tennessee Tech University in 2012. He is the ninth president of the university. Since Oldham’s arrival, Tennessee Tech has retained more freshman students and had a higher average ACT score for incoming freshmen than ever before. In 2019, Tennessee Tech reached a goal of raising $60 million in just three years instead of five.

Dr. Oldham believes that higher education should be attainable for any student.

“One thing we try to do at Tennessee Tech is to ensure that it's approachable, it's affordable for anybody,” said Oldham. “Anybody that has the ability and interest in pursuing higher education, we want to make it available.”

For many students, Tennessee Tech is a true home away from home. With so many options to choose from in the higher education realm, Tennessee Tech prides itself on its unique personality.

“Higher education is a very competitive marketplace. It’s very diverse,” said Oldham. “I think Tennessee Tech’s personality as a campus fits a lot of students. We have a unique personality that is warm, friendly, welcoming. We are big enough to be meaningful and small enough to be personable.”

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