|Chancellor's Corner – About Chancellor Rakes
At the heart of the university are committed teaching faculty members who excel in providing a high-quality educational experience for students. Beyond the classroom, these faculty members publish, hold leadership positions, conduct research, and perform public service in a way that positions UT Martin for greater impact locally, regionally and beyond.
His first education position was in Johnson City, Tenn., as a teacher and basketball coach.Rakes has completed an extensive list of scholarly activities, including more than 160 refereed presentations and publications. He is a member of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission Performance Funding Standards Review Committee, the Complete College Act Funding Formual Committe, the Tennessee Campus Compact Board of Directors and the National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal advisory board. He is a recipient of the Tennessee Institute for Pre-professionals Outstanding Service Award, among numerous other honors and leadership appointments.
Chancellor Rakes is serving on the Weakley County United Way Board of Directors, is chair of the Ohio Valley Conference Council of Presidents, co-chair of the Weakley County P-16 Council, a member of the Weakley County Economic Development Board, the Financial Resources Task Force of the University of Tennessee Alumni Association, Executive Committee Representative, Ohio Valley Conference Competition Committee, and a member of the University of Tennessee System Task Force on Reorganization and Diversity. In August of 2010, Dr. Rakes traveled to Japan to participate in a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the partnership between UT Martin and Hirosoki University. During the visit, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Hirosoki University. He has authored or coauthored more than 160 refereed publications and presentations. Additionally, he has been involved in consultation and presentations for professional development and accreditation for more than 40 different institutions of higher education. Since 1978, he has been associated with 11 training programs that have been developed for business or nonprofit organizations operating in six states. Corporate consulting has involved communications improvement and human resources evaluation for hotel, manufacturing, insurance and retail businesses.
Rakes’ wife, Dr. Glenda Rakes, is a UT Martin professor of education. The couple has two children and two grandchildren.