(NASHVILLE, TN), October 22, 2010 — “I congratulate Dr. Joseph DiPietro on his selection as the next president of the University of Tennessee system. The University of Tennessee will be well served by his leadership skills, vast higher education experience and passion for improving our universities. As a rural lawmaker and a cattle farmer, I am particularly pleased that he will bring much knowledge regarding our agricultural and veterinary programs. I have confidence he will be a great partner with the chancellors of each campus and with our legislature as we implement the Complete College Tennessee Act passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.”
“I also congratulate the University of Tennessee’s Board of Trustees for conducting a thorough, open and transparent search. These members know the importance and impact a strong leader can have in directing a premier academic and research university system. Their work is proof positive that candidates who are highly qualified in educational attainment and leadership are available to lead our higher education system in Tennessee. The Trustees labors will positively impact students who attend University of Tennessee for many years to come.”
Senator Gresham represents Senate District 26 which is comprised of Crockett, Haywood, Fayette, Hardeman, Chester, McNairy, Hardin, and Wayne Counties.