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UT Search Committee Sends Two Presidential Nominees to Board of Trustees

October 20, 2010

KNOXVILLE -- The University of Tennessee Presidential Search Committee chose two nominees today to be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for the election of the president on Friday.

The nominees are:

Joe DiPietro

Joe DiPietroJoe DiPietro (dee-pee-AY'-troh), chancellor of UT Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) since 2006. UTIA includes 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; rose to tenured professor of veterinary clinical medicine and veterinary pathobiology at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and held administrative positions there including assistant director of the Agriculture Experiment Station and associate dean for research of the College of Veterinary Medicine. He earned his bachelor's, doctor of veterinary medicine and master's degrees at the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Brian Noland

Brian NolandBrian Noland, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission since 2006, which oversees 11 institutions. Previously, he served as associate executive director at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission from 1998 to 2006 and was responsible for helping develop and implement the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship program; as director of academic affairs and assistant director of academic affairs at THEC before becoming associate executive director; as adjunct assistant professor at Vanderbilt University in public policy and higher education, adjunct faculty in political science at Nashville State Community College and adjunct faculty at Tennessee State University in education during his tenure with THEC. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at West Virginia University and his doctorate in political science at UT Knoxville.

The search committee and members of the board interviewed the five finalists today, and the search committee met afterward to select the nominees. The search committee unanimously selected DiPietro and Noland and decided to not forward a third candidate to the board.

This was the second round of interviews. The finalists had public forums and met with the search committee, the Search Advisory Council, chancellors and president's staff during their campus visits last week.

The board will elect the president during its regular fall meeting on Friday. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. EDT and will be webcast live. For a link to the webcast, go to

The president of the University of Tennessee leads a system consisting of campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin; the Health Science Center in Memphis; the statewide Institutes of Agriculture and Public Service, and the Space Institute in Tullahoma, which is managed by UT Knoxville.


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