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UT Begins Internal Search for Executive Assistant to the President

November 30, 2010

KNOXVILLE -- President-elect Joe DiPietro has begun the process of filling the role of Executive Assistant to the President, which will replace the former Chief of Staff position.

A statewide internal search for the position will be launched in December. Chief Human Resources Officer Linda Hendricks will be the recruiter for the position, and Lofton Stuart, executive director of the UT National Alumni Association will chair the statewide search committee.

A description of the job has been distributed to all UT faculty and staff. The application deadline is Dec. 10.

"I am confident we can generate a well-qualified and diverse pool of candidates from within the University, and I ask your assistance in identifying candidates," DiPietro said in a message to faculty and staff. "I am committed to stabilizing my leadership team, and other key positions within it will be filled through national searches."

The Executive Assistant to the President will be responsible for a broad and complex set of assignments, including:

  • Maintaining a standard of excellence for the staff in the Office of the President
  • Coordinating and institutionalizing the planning function, such as the University strategic plan and institutional goals
  • Representing the President at events, activities, meetings and to constituent groups as required
  • Serving as liaison with all levels of administration statewide

Application packets should consist of a letter outlining qualifications, a resume and five professional references.  Please submit nominations or applications by e-mail to:

To view the job description, visit


Gina Stafford, (865) 974-0741,
Elizabeth Davis, (865) 974-5179,