University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro discusses the ongoing Tennessee Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Summit at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tenn., with CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.
President Obama announced that UT will lead the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, a $259 million public-private partnership. The Institute reflects a $70 million commitment from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and $189 million from IACMI’s partners.
Public higher education’s business model is broken, and twin pressures to fulfill its mission and ensure sustainable funding have brought the University of Tennessee to a crossroads, UT President Joe DiPietro said today. DiPietro’s remarks came during testimony at the last of Gov. Bill Haslam’s 2014 budget hearings ahead of the upcoming 2015 legislative session.
Over the next four years, the University of Tennessee will have better prepared incoming students, higher graduation rates, expanded research funding, enhanced outreach and increased fundraising. That is the vision UT President Joe DiPietro presented to the Board of Trustees and board chair, Gov. Bill Haslam, on Friday.
UT President Joe DiPietro had set the stage for Wednesday’s discussion about funding at the trustees’ annual meeting in June. The board’s workshop covered the issue more in depth and allowed trustees to ask questions. The purpose of the discussion was not to devise strategy but gain a better understanding of the issue in order to plan a multi-year initiative.