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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.

Corker Not in Running for VP

You can take U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s name off the list of potential vice presidential candidates, reports Michael Collins.
The Chattanooga Republican’s office says that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign is not vetting him for the No. 2 slot on the GOP ticket this fall.
Corker, who is running for a second term in the U.S. Senate, had been the subject of early speculation that he could potentially be a running mate for Romney. But the speculation waned in recent weeks as the Romney campaign began to search in earnest for a running mate.
Presidential candidates usually make their pick right before their party’s national convention, but Romney’s advisers have said he might announce his decision earlier to help boost fund-raising. The Republican National Convention will be held Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

Joe Biden Raises Money, Bashes Romney in Nashville Stop

Vice President Joe Biden touched down in Nashville for the second time in six months Monday to rev up a few dozen Democratic Party stalwarts and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for President Barack Obama’s re-election bid, reports Michael Cass.
On his way out of town, Biden surprised a group of home-schooled children with an impromptu motorcade stop along Old Hickory Boulevard.
Biden was the headliner at a $10,000-a-head fundraiser at real estate executive and Obama “bundler” Bill Freeman’s Green Hills home. The vice president was there for more than an hour and spoke for 30-40 minutes, according to people who attended.
“It was a very successful event, and we were thrilled to host it,” Freeman said, declining to comment further.
As 30 or so paying guests ate salmon, beef, grits and a green salad, Biden spoke informally but passionately about Obama’s campaign against presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. He touched on foreign policy and issues affecting women and stood behind his comments in support of same-sex marriage made during a Sunday news program.
The vice president also said the Republican Party had been taken over by tea party factions whose first interest is winning without compromising, not making the country better, one donor said. He refrained from personal attacks but indicated that Romney, a wealthy former Massachusetts governor, was out of touch with working people’s concerns.

Biden Dropping By for a Little TN Fundraising

Six months after touching down in Nashville to raise campaign money, Vice President Joe Biden will be back to do it again Monday, according to The Tennessean.
Biden is scheduled to headline a lunchtime fundraiser at real estate mogul Bill Freeman’s house. Freeman, one of Tennessee’s top fundraisers for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, declined to comment Friday.
Biden is not expected to make any public appearances. Some roads will be closed late Monday morning through mid-afternoon for security purposes, the Metro Police Department said.
Biden visited venture capitalist Andrew Byrd’s home to raise money for the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee on Nov. 7. Byrd, like Freeman, is one of the campaign’s fundraising “bundlers.”

Corker a VP Wannabe?

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Thursday gave a 62-second response to a question on whether he would accept an offer to be the Republican presidential nominee’s running mate, reports the Chattanooga TFP..
In all that time, he never said no.
“There’s a time and a place to talk about those kinds of things and now is not it,” the Tennessee Republican told reporters at Chattanooga Convention Center. “I think you wait and see who the nominee is. You see what it is they want to do, and you weigh those things as to where you might be most effective.
“Sorry to be so evasive,” he later said with a grin.
Corker also declined to identify his pick for the presidency.
Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and other establishment Republicans in Tennessee publicly backed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ahead of the Volunteer State’s March 6 primary, but former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum ended up winning the state by 9 percentage points.
“I’m not sure people like us have much effect on [elections] if you want to know the truth,” Corker said.
His comments followed a lunchtime speech to the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, where longtime Corker attorney James M. Haley IV introduced the former Chattanooga mayor as a “thorn in the posterior of both political parties.”