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KNOXVILLE — Mark Hairr, program director for the Center for Energy, Transportation and the Environment at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has been named the new director of Parking and Transit Services for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Hairr will start on May 1.

Prior to working at UT Chattanooga, Hairr was director of development and then general manager of Knoxville Area Transit (KAT), the city’s public transportation system.

“We’re pleased that Mark has agreed to come back to Knoxville and take this critical leadership position at UT,” said Jeff Maples, senior associate vice chancellor for finance and administration. “His years of experience at KAT and at UTC make him the ideal choice for the job.”

Hairr takes over for Mary Lynn Holloway, who retired this year after more than thirty years of service to UT.

During his time at UT Chattanooga, Hairr authored a comprehensive transit plan for the UTC campus. He also managed the campus’s role in the deployment of a dynamic message sign system for campus bus stops with the city of Chattanooga’s public transportation system and led the planning effort for a new parking and transportation center at UTC.

While at KAT, Hairr worked closely with UT Knoxville Parking and Transit Services on providing shuttle services during the academic year and for home football games in the fall. In addition, he was instrumental in the planning and implementation of “The T,” the current campus transit system.

UT Knoxville Parking and Transit Services manages parking for students, faculty, staff, and visitors in more than twenty surface lots and parking garages around campus. The office also manages public transit in support of academic, athletic, and public service programs on the Knoxville and agricultural campuses.

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