James R. (Ron) Maples is retired as the treasurer of the University of Tennessee.
Maples was appointed Treasurer as of March 29, 2017 and was responsible for all accounting, cash management and investments, endowment, financial reporting, and IRIS administrative support functions at the university.
Maples has been a University employee for 42 years. His service began with 10 years in internal audit, where he began as a staff auditor and left as director. He served for three years as bursar for UT Knoxville and for 26 years as the university controller. In 2010, Maples also became part of the chief financial officer’s team, overseeing the UT System budget function. In 2001, he was part of the IRIS/ SAP project team that implemented the University’s enterprise resource planning system. He was interim treasurer and CFO in 2016. He served as treasurer from 2017 to 2020.
Maples earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the UT Knoxville, in 1974. He obtained the designations of certified public accountant in 1979 and certified internal auditor in 1982.
Maples has been the University’s primary representative to the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) since 1990. He served on the COGR Board from 2008-2014 and on the COGR costing committee from 2005 to 2014. He was COGR treasurer from 2010 to 2014 and 2016 to present.
He served many years as assistant treasurer for the University of Tennessee’s development foundation and research foundation. In May 2019, he was named interim CFO of the UT Foundation.
He also served on several University committees including the president’s strategic plan steering committee, the 2010 presidential search committee and chaired both the strategic plan fiscal policy committee and the uniform guidance policy committee. He has chaired and served on numerous search committees. Maples was a member of the UT-Battelle bid team that in 2000 won the U.S. Department of Energy’s contract to manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory and he served as a member of the transition team in the University assuming its role as lab co-manager.
Maples is a past president of the East Tennessee Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors and, he is a past board member of the UT Federal Credit Union.
Maples is a Knoxville native and active in his local church. He is married to the former Susan C. Hagerman of Knoxville, a 1976 graduate of the UT Knoxville College of Nursing. Their three children, Aaron, Julie and Marly, all are UT alumni, and the family also includes five grandchildren.