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UT President's Campus Tour Visits Martin, Memphis

September 22, 2008

KNOXVILLE -- University of Tennessee President John Petersen visits UT Martin today and the UT Health Science Center on Tuesday as part of his annual campus tour.

Beginning with UT Chattanooga on Sept. 9, Petersen is in the midst of a series of day-long stops at each of the UT System's five campuses. The visits also include meeting with employees of UT's statewide Institute of Agriculture, Institute for Public Service, and those with varied UT entities in the Nashville area. Campus and institute leadership are outlining strategic priorities and needs for the coming fiscal year, and faculty and staff are discussing issues and concerns at informal question-and-answer sessions with the president.

"The University of Tennessee has a presence in all 95 Tennessee counties -- a statewide campus -- and critically important obligations as the state's land-grant institution to develop an educated workforce, to drive economic development and to enhance quality-of-life opportunities for all Tennesseans," Petersen said.

"It takes all of us in the UT family throughout the state to fulfill our obligations, and these visits will offer key opportunities for meeting face-to-face, listening to each other, and working together on sometimes tough decisions for moving the University forward despite a challenging economic climate."

At several sites, including an additional stop in Kingsport, Petersen also is meeting with elected officials, business leaders, educators and UT trustees. Those meetings include discussions of priorities for partnering to achieve the University's mission for the good of the state.

This campus tour is the fourth annual swing across the state for Petersen, who has been president of the UT System since 2004.

Remaining scheduled stops include:

Sept. 25: UT Space Institute
Sept. 29: Northeast Tennessee community leaders, Kingsport
Oct. 1: UT Institute for Public Service
Oct. 2: UT Institute of Agriculture
Oct. 7: UT Knoxville
Oct. 10: Nashville-area UT faculty and staff