University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro could see $20,050 added to his base salary, if approved by UT trustees at their meeting Thursday.

That bump, a 4.5 percent increase that includes the state's 1.5 percent raise for all employees, would take his pay to $465,618.12.

On Wednesday, the trustees' executive and compensation committee preliminarily approved the raise for DiPietro, who became the university's president in 2010. His raise is based on his annual performance review, which includes a self-assessment and individual interviews with the four campus chancellors and 12 other members of the senior administrative staff. The interviews are conducted by Don Stansberry, the board of trustees' vice chairman, and trustees James Murphy and Crawford Gallimore.

Interviews with students, staff, faculty, alumni and donors were also conducted.

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