A newly created directorial position in UT's department of Sorority and Fraternity Life has been filled from within, per an email sent to university staff Thursday by Associate Dean of Students Jeff Cathey.

Cathey wrote that Lindi Smedberg has been promoted to director of Sorority and Fraternity Life and that Jim Harrison has been promoted to assistant director.

Smedberg and Harrison both currently serve as advisors within the department.

"The director position has not existed in the past and represents a major step forward for this relatively new department," Cathey wrote.

Two additional spots within Sorority and Fraternity Life are expected to be officially posted within next week.

Sally Parish, director of the Center for Leadership and Service, will serve as chair of the committee tasked with filling those positions.

"Once fully staffed, this department will bring us much more in line with the level of staffing found at comparable institutions," Cathey wrote.

The office of Sorority and Fraternity Life is under the Division of Student Life at UT. A new vice chancellor for Student Life, Vincent Carilli, was named on Oct. 18.