The president of the University of Tennessee has hired Phillip Fulmer to be a special adviser for athletics, community and university relations.

The Hire

On Tuesday, Joe DiPietro, the president of the University of Tennessee, has announced that he has hired Phillip Fulmer, the ex-coach for the Volunteers football team, to be a special adviser for athletics, community and university relations.

The part-time position will offer Fulmer $100,000 annually, with an additional monthly allowance of $2,500. This would cover expenses that are not covered by the university. He will also be receiving eight “skybox” tickets for every football game played at home.

Fulmer was previously also a candidate for the position as athletic director. However, John Currie was hired in his stead in February. Fulmer will now be a special adviser and will be supporting athletic programs in different campuses, such as Knoxville, Martin and Chattanooga. He will also be lobbying with university alumni as well as elected officials for the university Tennessee system.

John Currie commented on Fulmer’s new position, saying: “As a native Tennessean who has given his all for the Vols throughout his life, both as a student-athlete on the field and during a Hall of Fame coaching career leading our program to its most dominant and successful era in modern history, Coach Fulmer is a perfect ambassador for our University and athletics program.” 

The President And Fulmer’s Comments

DiPietro issued a statement, saying: “Phillip has been a tremendous asset to the University of Tennessee both on and off the field for more than 40 years.”

“I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with him on the UT President’s Council, and I look forward to working with him in a broader sense to advocate for the University with our key stakeholders.”

He also said: “This is a special opportunity for me. I’ve had the chance to work with Dr. DiPietro for a couple of years in a volunteer capacity, and I was excited when he approached me with this position.”

“I look forward to serving UT campuses statewide, our communities, and UT athletics for the greater good for our great state and the university.”

Fulmer also commented on the hire, saying: “I was excited when he approached me with this position. I look forward to serving UT campuses statewide, our communities, and UT athletics for the greater good for our great state and the university.”

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