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UT President Joe DiPietro presents his inaugural State of the University address in Nashville and via webcast at 4:00 p.m. EST today. Watch the address live online.

dipietro150The one-hour event will include a comprehensive assessment of the university’s recent achievements, challenges, and positions on significant issues.

The program also will feature presentation of the first-ever President’s Awards, which will recognize three employees for exceptional contributions to fulfillment of the university’s mission—one winner in each of the three mission areas of education, research, and outreach—and selected from the entire statewide UT workforce.

“Because the University of Tennessee is an economic engine and critical driver of quality in life in Tennessee, our progress is both a reflection of and an influence on the state’s progress in multiple areas,” DiPietro said.

“Further, because the University is a state institution with responsibility to numerous internal and external constituencies, those within the UT community and beyond deserve to hear directly where we are, where we’re going, how we benefit Tennesseans, and how they can be involved in moving their statewide university forward.”