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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — University of Tennessee President John Petersen, along with the chancellors of all four campuses and top administrators from the UT System, recently held a two-day strategic planning retreat here at the General Morgan Inn.

“At the University of Tennessee, we understand that we serve the entire state of Tennessee and are committed to the state’s success,” Petersen said. “It’s important for our institutional leadership to see beyond our physical locations, and to embrace the role we serve for all Tennesseans.”

At the retreat, Petersen and the UT System leadership addressed issues of access for Tennesseans to higher education, discussed ways to promote excellence throughout the system and the important role UT institutions have in driving the state’s economy.

The retreat also dealt with important partnerships these UT institutions have throughout Tennessee. These include UT’s role as managing partner of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the research collaborations with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and Vanderbilt University, as well as the statewide network through the university’s Institute for Agriculture and Institute for Public Service.

In the fall, Petersen will also visit all UT campuses, and hold two-day meetings with citizens, legislators and others from all regions of the state.

“We are a statewide university, and along with our campuses and extension and outreach offices, we touch every community in some way,” Petersen said. “The focus of this retreat, and the focus of our entire administration, is to strategically build on these partnerships to benefit our entire state.”

Karen Collins (865-974-5186)