UT System News

White House Innovation Forum Takes On Tennessee Flavor

The White House Forum on Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems to Federal and National Labs was an opportunity for political, educational and scientific leaders to discuss ways that economic growth benefits from research facilities.

New Vice President Selected to Lead IPS

Herb Byrd III - Interim Vice President for Institute of Public Service at The University of Tennessee

Herb Byrd III has been selected to serve as the next vice president for public service and to lead UT’s statewide Institute for Public Service. President Joe DiPietro made the announcement Thursday, following an internal search launched in August.

President DiPietro: Higher Ed Restructuring Appears To Have Minimal UT Impact


On Tuesday, Governor Bill Haslam announced plans to enhance the State’s Drive to 55 initiative with several proposed changes in the structure of higher education across the state. In a message to all UT employees, President Joe DiPietro said he was in attendance for the announcement, and while the impact appears to be minimal to the UT System, he will remain watchful as the plan unfolds.