Space Institute Welcomes Incoming UT President Dr. Joe DiPietro

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Writer: Becky Stines

Space Institute Welcomes Incoming UT President Dr. Joe DiPietro

UTSI’s Industry Student Center was the site for Dr. Joe DiPietro first stop on his tour of UT campus visits. He was introduced to the UTSI faculty, staff, students and community by Chancellor Cheek after a warm welcome by UTSI’s Executive Director Dr. “Buddy” Moore. Positive vision outlook was the main focus of Dr. DiPietro’s opening remarks. He expressed his deep founded interest in the university and plans to continue the work Dr. Jan Simek, Interim President, has started. Dr. DiPietro is no stranger to the UTSI campus.

On a fairly recent trip to UTSI with a UT Forestry Professor, he became caught up in the briars that thrive in the pine tree area of the beautiful woodland surrounding UTSI. His humorous explanation of circumstances gave the group a chance to help him relive this experience.

The visit concluded with the recognition of Dr. Jan Simek and thanks for the support he has provided the university during his tenure as Interim President.

Below are photos of Dr. DiPietro speaking with UTSI students and Drs. Moore, Simek, DiPietro and Chancellor Cheek.

UTSI Students Ben Klamm, Brian Godfrey, Andrew Wilson, and Dr. DiPietro

Dr. Buddy Moore, Interim UT President Dr. Jan Simek, DiPietro and Chancellor Dr. Jimmy Cheek

— Photographer Laura Horton