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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. Michael D. Devine is the new chief research officer at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Devine has been appointed associate vice chancellor for research, effective Aug. 1. He is currently associate vice president for research at Florida State University.

“I am pleased to welcome Michael Devine to UT-Knoxville,” Chancellor Bill Snyder said. “His background in interdisciplinary research and interest in developing university partnerships with business and industry are great strengths he brings to this position.”

UT-Knoxville, which had sponsored research programs totaling approximately $78 million last year, ranks in the nation’s top 100 research institutions. Dr. Lee Riedinger has been acting associate vice chancellor for research since August 1991.

Devine went to Florida State as associate vice president in 1988 and is responsible for patents and technology transfer, oversight of research support services for faculty, promotion of university-industry collaboration, and liaison of external research agencies and programs.

For 18 years he was a faculty member and research administrator at the University of Oklahoma, where he directed the science and public policy program.

“Dr. Devine has the experience and background to provide leadership to UTK faculty, to continue their impressive research and creative efforts, to enhance UTK’s special relationships with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and TVA, and to strengthen the university’s contribution to outreach and economic development activities in the state and region,” said Dr. John Peters, vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Devine and his wife, Judy, have four children.

Contact: Dr. John Peters (615-974-3265)