The University of Tennessee is an important and special higher education institution with a statewide campus and a critical impact on quality of life throughout the state.
That was the “UT Day on The Hill” message that students and staff from every campus took to Nashville in making today’s “UT Day on The Hill” in Legislative Plaza a strong one. University leadership – including chancellors and members of the President’s staff – were joined by UT Vols athletics directors Dave Hart and Joan Cronan and legendary quarterback Condredge Holloway in hosting breakfast to get the festivities off to a good start. The national UT Alumni Association – representing more than 325,000 UT graduates worldwide – sponsored and made the event possible.
President Joe DiPietro then took his leadership team on brief visits with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell. Meanwhile, students and University staff attended UT displays representing UT campuses at Knoxville, Martin, Chattanooga and Memphis, and the institutes of agriculture and public service.
After visiting with legislators and their staffers, the UT team wrapped activities inside the Plaza by joining President DiPietro for the opening of the House Education Committee. Following positive comments by Rep. Richard Montgomery, Rep. Craig Fitzhugh and Rep. Lois DeBerry before a standing room only committee room, President DiPietro acknowledged the UT contingent of students and staff who joined him, then thanked committee members for their support of higher education.
Review the series of Twitter messages covering events as they happened by searching under hashtags: #UTDay and #UTDayOnTheHill.
A photo gallery from the day is on Presdent DiPietro’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/UTPresidentJoe
Follow the president at @UTPresidentJoe and UT Advocacy at @UTAdvocator for ongoing updates via Twitter on events of interest to the University.