Steven Smith, Dean of Libraries


The Dean of Libraries directs the John C. Hodges Library and three branch libraries on the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system, administering an annual budget of more than $20 million. Steve Smith serves as the UT Libraries’ representative to the prestigious Association of Research Libraries as well as the Tennessee Advisory Council on Libraries, the state entity that oversees library services that benefit all Tennesseans.

Rita Smith, Executive Associate Dean


Rita Smith oversees library facilities; assessment; community learning services and diversity; marketing and communication; the Dean’s office; personnel; business services; and Hodges public services.

Sandy Leach, Associate Dean for Collections

Sandra LeachSandra Leach heads discovery and technical services; licensing, electronic resources, and serials; research collections; and branches and collection logistics.

Holly Mercer, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communication

Holly MercerHolly Mercer oversees digital initiatives; research and grants; data curation; digital humanities; scholarly communication; maps and GIS; The Studio; and digital publishing and production.

Teresa Walker, Associate Dean for Learning, Research, and Engagement

Teresa WalkerTeresa Walker oversees instruction, student success, and liaison services.

Other Administrative Personnel

Robin A. Bedenbaugh
Coordinator of Library Marketing and Communication

Elizabeth Greene
Manager, Administration Office

Erin K. Horeni-Ogle
Development Director

Regina Mays
Assessment Librarian

Jason Wood
Business Services Director