Although J. Wade Gilley has already taken office as president of the
University of Tennessee, Gov. Don Sundquist will inaugurate him into the
position on Friday, Nov. 5.
As the chairman for the UT Board of Trustees, Sundquist is charged with
officially swearing Gilley in at a public ceremony in Thompson-Boling
"We could not get all of the people who needed to be present until that
time," said Sammie Lynn Puett, vice president of the institute of public
An entire day of activities is already being planned as part of the
ceremonial celebration for the Gilley. Many university presidents from
across the country are expected to attend the event, Puett said.
Prior to the official ceremony, James Buchanan, a UT alumni who won the
Nobel Prize in economics, will be giving the inaugural lecture in the
University Center, Puett said. Buchanan is also a personal friend of
President Gilley, Puett said.
Gilley took office on Aug. 1, taking over for Joe Johnson. Gilley served
as president of Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va. for eight years
before coming to UT.
Gilley to be sworn in as UT president
Published: Tue Aug 10, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:53 p.m.