UT President Joe DiPietro on track to get pay raise

UT President Joe DiPietro on track to get pay raise

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University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro in a February interview. University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro in a February interview.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro is on track to get a pay raise at the school.

The UT Board of Trustees Executive Compensation Committee recommended a 3.5% merit increase on Thursday, bringing DiPietro's base salary up to $445,567.

Committee members found he met goals and objectives in his job evaluation.

DiPietro, like other university employees, received a 2.5% pay bump back in June.

He could also benefit from an executive retention and incentive package that the university is still working on.

Still, Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Don Stansberry said DiPietro is making less than leaders at other similar schools.

"That's a problem across the university," said Stansberry. "We have a lot of people that are compensated well below their peers in higher education and Dr. DiPietro is no exception. He's on the low end of that scale. We're fortunate to have him and he works hard."

The full Board of Trustees will meet Friday to vote on the salary recommendation.

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