1967 - 1971

Archie R. Dykes

Dr. Archie Reece Dykes served as the third executive officer of the University of Tennessee at Martin from 1967-1971. He was born Jan. 20, 1931, to Claude Reed Dykes and Rose Quillen in Rogersville, Tennessee. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in education from East Tennessee State University in 1952 and 1956, respectively. He later received his doctorate in education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1959.

Dykes' career in education began in 1955 as principal of Church Hill High School in Marshall County. In 1959, he was hired as superintendent over Greenville City Schools. Three years later, he moved to higher education with an appointment as director of the University of Tennessee Center for Advanced Graduate Studies in Education. In 1967, Dykes accepted the chancellorship of UT Martin following Dr. Paul Meek’s retirement. He remained three years before returning to Knoxville in 1971. In 1973, Dykes became chancellor of the University of Kansas. He held that position until 1980, when he became chief executive officer of the Security Benefit Group of Topeka. He has been chairman of Capital City Holdings Inc. since 1988.