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Vice provost Paul Byrnes to serve as senior vice chancellor of finance and administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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Paul Byrnes joined Emory in 2008 and guided efforts on faculty salary competitiveness, tuition planning and graduate student funding.

Paul Byrnes, vice provost for academic finance, will serve as the next senior vice chancellor of finance and administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, effective July 1.

Byrnes joined Emory as senior director of business services in 2008 before becoming the associate dean for finance and operations and chief business officer for the James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies in 2015. In 2018, he was appointed vice provost for academic finance within the Office of the Provost.

During his career at Emory, Byrnes led a wide range of initiatives focused on improving the university's financial and operational sustainability. He championed efforts to expand funding for graduate student stipends, revamp the tuition planning process, develop faculty salary equity and competitiveness analyses, and implement student lifecycle measures to complement Emory’s graduation and retention efforts.

Ravi V. Bellamkonda, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, describes Byrnes as a collaborative team leader and strategic analyst who worked with Office of the Provost staff, academic deans and chief business officers across campus to continuously improve administrative structures and optimize financial and operational resources.

"We are grateful for Paul and his commitment to ensuring Emory properly stewards its finances and resources,” says Bellamkonda. “We will miss his valuable insights and dedication to collaborating with schools and units across the institution but are excited for him to serve in a senior leadership role at a flagship public university.”

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