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University of Tennessee faculty, staff and students are invited to join UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and other campus administrators in a reception welcoming UT President-elect Joe DiPietro at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in the Haslam Business Building Atrium. Light refreshments will be served.

UT’s Board of Trustees elected DiPietro as the 24th president of the university system at their annual fall meeting on Friday, Oct. 22. He will take office in January, replacing Jan Simek, who has served as interim president since 2009.

The UT president oversees campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin; the Health Science Center based in Memphis; the statewide institutes of Agriculture and Public Service; and the Space Institute in Tullahoma, which is managed by UT Knoxville.

DiPietro currently is chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture, a position he has held since 2006. His title was changed from vice president to chancellor in July. As chancellor of the institute, he oversees UT Extension, AgResearch, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the College of Veterinary Medicine. DiPietro also served as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida from 1997 to 2006.

Read more about DiPietro and the presidential search process here.