Richard Bayer is Assistant Provost of Enrollment Services and has oversight of Undergraduate Admissions, Office of the University Registrar, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, and the One Stop Student Service Express Center. Mr. Bayer joined UT as Dean of Admissions and Records in 1999 and was named Assistant Provost of Enrollment Services in 2008. While serving as Assistant Provost of Enrollment Services, UT has moved up the rankings in US News and World Report to rank in the nation’s top 50 among all public research universities.
Enrollment Services has recently focused its attention on the University’s Top 25 mission of enrolling the best and brightest students and increasing its undergraduate retention and graduation rates. Through Mr. Bayer’s guidance and leadership the University has launched two scholarship programs, The Tennessee Pledge, and the Tennessee Promise for low income and under-represented students. He also chairs the cross-functional undergraduate tactics team that focuses on enrollment and retention issues. More recently Mr. Bayer launched the successful opening of a new One Stop Student Service Express Center designed to help students navigate the enrollment and payment processes at UT.