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New UT president comes to UTC

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CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press)--In his first visit since being elected, the UT system president-elect made the rounds Friday at UTC, and the current system president said it's nice to finally see a UT insider take the reins.

"In the past, [being] the best included being from the outside," said UT Interim President Jan Simek. "I'm glad the inside candidate got a good solid look. He had the most experience with legislators. He already had the connectivity."

Joe DiPietro, who has worked as chancellor of the UT Institute of Agriculture for six years, is the first person to be promoted to the system's top post from a position within the University of Tennessee in more than a decade.

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