A veterinarian scientist who earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois ascended to the presidency of the University of Tennessee’s sprawling 48,000-student system by decree of the Board of Trustees.
Joe DiPietro, 59, was chosen over Brian Noland, the chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. The two finalists were whittled from a master list of 71 contenders.
I wish Joe DiPietro the best in his new role. He has his hands full!
The battle for funding in our state has never been more intense and he inherits an athletic department in Knoxville with some challenges conquered, but some still to solve.
It is interesting to see the linkage between Dr. DiPietro and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek. Both worked together at the University of Florida and the reporting relationship has now been reversed. Their familiarity with one another could be a great advantage in moving the university and the system forward.
I suspect you will see more change on the hill and throughout the system. Stay tuned!