Dr. Norvel L. Burkett retires today from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, wrapping up a 44-year distinguished career in continuing education.

His colleagues in UT’s Division of University Outreach & Continuing Education and across the Knoxville campus celebrated his many career accomplishments at a retirement reception Tuesday at the UT Conference Center. (UT Professional & Personal Development was one of several departments under his leadership.)

Burkett was joined at the reception by his wife, Ruth, and a son, Jeff, who made a surprise visit from Meridian, Miss.

Burkett served as associate dean, interim dean, dean, and finally assistant provost and director of outreach and continuing education in his 18 years at UT. He also served 26 years at Mississippi State University.

Burkett has been an active member and instrumental leader of the Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education since 1992.

In 2006 he received the TACHE’s Barbara Beeler Award, which recognizes an individual who has a documented record of mentoring new members and improving the professional life of continuing education practitioners in the organization.

Farewell, Dr. B! We hope you enjoy your well-deserved retirement.

Darrin Devault, UT Professional & Personal Development

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