University of Tennessee (UT) System president Joe DiPietro announced this week that he will step down from active employment on Nov. 21 and use his remaining vacation days until Valentine’s Day of next year when he will officially retire, Knox News reported.
DiPietro has served as the system’s 25th president since 2011, where he works as the chief executive officer for all three UT campuses, the Institute of Public Service, the Health Science Center and the Institute of Agriculture.
“It seemed in the best interest of the institution for them to select another person to do this job who would need all those important relationship development steps,” he said. “I made it very clear to the board that I wasn’t interested in extending my contract for June. So I thought it was best for me, that’s the most important part, and I thought it was best for the institution too.”