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Exempt Staff Council – Knoxville Area

The Exempt Staff Council (ESC), counterpart to the Faculty Senate and Employee Relations Committees, is a body elected by peers to represent nearly 2,900 exempt (administrative and professional) staff in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville area. The ESC is sponsored by the Vice President for Administration and Finance.

The mission of the ESC is to provide a forum for discussing issues and exchanging ideas relevant to exempt staff and to provide a mechanism for communicating with other representative bodies and administrators.

Membership includes elected representatives from each of the vice president areas, the Office of the Provost, and any additional units with Knoxville area staff exempt personnel. Elections are held in April or May. Representatives take office July 1. For more information about the role of the representative, visit the UT Knoxville Human Resources Employee Relations Advisory Organization (ERAO) page.

Procedure for Submitting and Responding to Issues

  • Issues should be submitted in writing (or by e-mail) to your representative. Exempt staff may also contact the Chair directly.
  • The Council will research and discuss each issue by contacting the appropriate offices or administrators on campus when appropriate. Issues may also be sent to other committees on campus for action when appropriate. The issue will be placed on a future meeting agenda for discussion and action by the Council when sufficient information about the issue has been obtained.
  • The Representative or Chair will contact the person who submitted the issue to inform him or her of its status or its resolution.


Issues, comments, concerns? We want to hear from you! Email your representative.

For general ESC questions, contact Sam Smith, UT Knoxville Human Resources.