I look forward to working with new UT System President Joe DiPietro, who officially begins his new role on Jan. 1.
As chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture, Dr. DiPietro has a proven track record of success in leading a multifaceted institution, fundraising and networking with constituencies across the state. I am confident that Dr. DiPietro will be a big supporter of us as we continue on the path we’re on to make UT Knoxville a top-notch public research university..
Dr. DiPietro brings the valuable experience of having worked at two exceedingly good public universities: the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which ranked No. 15 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 list of top public universities, and the University of Florida, which ranked No. 17 on the same list.
I worked with Dr. DiPietro at the University of Florida, so I’ve seen him in action. I know that he’s a strong leader who believes in assembling good teams and empowering them to do their jobs.
I hope you will join me in congratulating our new president and offering him our support.