The Office of the President is in Knoxville on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The president is the chief executive officer of the University of Tennessee System, which includes campuses at Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin, the Health Science Center in Memphis, and the Space Institute at Tullahoma. The president’s responsibilities also include oversight of UT’s statewide institutes of agriculture and public service.

The president is appointed by the UT Board of Trustees. All UT vice presidents and chancellors report to the president.

Jamie Blessinger is the executive assistant to the president.

Melissa Tindell is the media contact for the president.


Presidents of the University of Tennessee

Randy Boyd

Randy Boyd

B.S., M.L.S.
University of Tennessee, 2018 – present

Joe DiPietro headshot

Joe DiPietro

B.S., D.V.M., M.S.
University of Tennessee, 2011-2018

Jan Simek portrait

Jan Simek

B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
University of Tennessee, 2009-2010

John Petersen portrait

John D. Petersen

B.S., Ph.D.
University of Tennessee, 2004-2009

John W. Shumaker portrait

John W. Shumaker

B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
University of Tennessee, 2002-2003

Emerson Fly portrait

Emerson H. Fly

B.S., C.P.A.
University of Tennessee, 2001-2002

J. Wade Gilley portrait

J. Wade Gilley

B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
University of Tennessee, 1999-2001

Joe Johnson portrait

Joseph E. Johnson

B.S., M.A., Ed.D.
University of Tennessee, 1991- 1999

Lamar Alexander photo from 1988

Lamar Alexander

B.A., J.D.
University of Tennessee, 1988-1991

Ed Boling portrait

Edward J. Boling

B.S., M.S., Ed.D.
University of Tennessee 1970-1988

Andy Holt Portrait

Andrew D. Holt

A.B., M.S., LL.D., Ph.D.
University of Tennessee, 1959-1970

C. E. Brehm portrait

C.E. Brehm

B.S. LL.D., L.H.D.
University of Tennessee, 1946-1959

Jame Dickason Hoskins portrait

James Dickason Hoskins

B.S., A.M., LL.B., LL.D., Litt.D.
University of Tennessee, 1934-1946

Harcourt Morgan portrait

Harcourt A. Morgan

B.S., A.M., LL.D.
University of Tennessee, 1919-1934

Brown Ayres

B.Sc., Ph.D., LL.D., D.C.L.
University of Tennessee, 1904-1919

Charles Dabney portrait

Charles W. Dabney

University of Tennessee, 1887-1904

Thomas Humes etching

Thomas W. Humes

A.M., S.T.D.
University of Tennessee, 1879-1883,
East Tennessee University, 1865-1879

J.J. Ridley

J.J. Ridley

East Tennessee University, 1860-1862

William D. Carnes

William D. Carnes

East Tennessee University, 1858-1860

George Cooke

George Cooke

East Tennessee University, 1853-1857

W. B. Reese

W.B. Reese

East Tennessee University, 1850-1853

Joseph Estabrook

Joseph Estabrook

East Tennessee University, 1840-1850,
East Tennessee College, 1834-1840

James H. Piper

James H. Piper

East Tennessee College, 1833-1834

Charles Coffin

Charles Coffin

East Tennessee College, 1827-1832

David Sherman

David Sherman

East Tennessee College, 1820-1825

Samuel Carrick

Samuel Carrick

East Tennessee College, 1807-1809,
Blount College, 1794-1807