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UT President's Campus Tour Visits Knoxville

October 6, 2008

KNOXVILLE -- University of Tennessee President John Petersen visits the flagship campus at Knoxville on Tuesday as part of his annual campus tour.

The Knoxville stop is the last in a series of day-long visits at each of the UT system's five campuses and with employees of UT's statewide Institute of Agriculture and Institute for Public Service. Petersen concludes the statewide tour when he meets with employees of UT entities in the Nashville area on Friday. Campus and institute leadership have used the tour to outline strategic priorities and needs for the coming fiscal year, and faculty and staff have discussed issues and concerns at informal question-and-answer sessions with the president.

Petersen's Knoxville stop includes a meeting with faculty leadership and a staff forum from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building.

"The University of Tennessee has a presence in all 95 Tennessee counties -- a statewide campus -- and critically important obligations as the state's land-grant institution to develop an educated workforce, to drive economic development and to enhance quality-of-life opportunities for all Tennesseans," Petersen said.

"It takes all of us in the UT family throughout the state to fulfill our obligations, and these visits will offer key opportunities for meeting face to face, listening to each other and working together on sometimes tough decisions for moving the university forward despite a challenging economic climate."

At several sites, including an additional stop in Kingsport, Petersen has met with elected officials, business leaders, educators and UT trustees. Those meetings have included discussions of priorities for partnering to achieve the university's mission for the good of the state.

This campus tour is the fourth annual swing across the state for Petersen, who has been president of the UT system since 2004.

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Contact: Gina Stafford, 865-974-0741, stafford@tennessee.edu