Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora W. Tydings’ statement today regarding UT President Joe DiPietro’s retirement announcement:
The Tennessee Board of Regents and the College System of Tennessee thank University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro for his years of service to UT, to the people of Tennessee and to the students we serve. Dr. DiPietro has led the UT System with integrity, credibility, honor and distinction, enabling its campuses to focus on improving student success, academics, research and public service. He has helped strengthen the partnerships between our two public higher education systems, with a goal of improving the lives of all Tennesseans. Our community and technical colleges work closely with the UT campuses, and thousands of our graduates continue their educations at UT. We congratulate Dr. DiPietro on his upcoming retirement and wish him the best. He’s a true Tennessee Volunteer whose impact and legacy will be felt for generations.
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The UT press release notes that Dr. DiPietro will retire effective Feb. 14, 2019, and will step down from active service Nov. 21 to use his remaining vacation time. Dr. DiPietro, UT’s 25th president, has led the University of Tennessee system since January 2011. He serves as the chief executive officer of UT and its campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin, the Health Science Center in Memphis and the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Institute of Public Service.
The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.