UT Getting Another Vice President

The University of Tennessee will hire a vice president for communications and marketing, a new position that will report directly to system president Joe DiPietro, reports the News Sentinel.
The decision follows the recommendation from a task force DiPietro commissioned to examine the communications department following the July retirement of Hank Dye, who oversaw both the government relations and communications staffs.
The president is currently taking recommendations for search committee members across all campuses, and hopes to have a new vice president in place by winter, said Keith Carver, executive assistant to the president, who has facilitated the task force.
The job description is still being drafted, and a salary range will be available once the position is classified by the human resources department, Carver said.
The university will not use a search firm, but will be looking at both internal and external candidates.
The new vice president will not only handle media for the president’s office and system, but also marketing and branding.
“I would also say a strategist, someone to really be thinking about the message and communicating and helping position the University of Tennessee across the state,” Carver said

Note: UT now has six people with ‘vice president’ as part of their official title and four others listed along with them as ‘chief officers’ on the UT website, not counting five campus chancellors and two executive directors.

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