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Joseph and Pat Johnson Apartments to honor former UT president

A highlight of The UT Board of Trustees spring meeting on the UTC campus will be the dedication of Phase I of New Village Apartments as the Joseph and Pat Johnson Apartments, honoring the former UT president and his wife for many years of service.

Chuck Cantrell, UTC spokesman, said it is tradition to dedicate a building on campus to a leader like Johnson after they retire. “The UTC campus is appreciative of the work Dr. Johnson has done in Chattanooga,” Cantrell said

The UT Board of Trustees meeting will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 1-2 on the UTC campus. The dedication ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 near the Oak Street side of the apartment complex. In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the auditorium in the University Center. The ceremony is open to the public.

Dr. Joe Johnson and his wife Pat have dedicated 38 years of service to the UT system. The dedication ceremony is at 4 p.m. on March 1 at the apartment complex, if the weather permits. The ceremony will be moved to the auditorium in the University Center if it rains. The ceremony is open to the public and everyone is invited to come.

Speakers include Dr. John Petersen, president of the University of Tennessee, Dr. Fred Obear, interim chancellor at UTC and student leaders.

The New Village Apartment complex was constructed in two phases. The housing was added due to a steady rise in demand for student apartment living. The apartments have proven popular; each semester 500 students call it their home away from home.

Students began to move into the apartments in 1997. The Masonry Association Contractors of Chattanooga awarded Carroll Henley, architect with Derthick, Henley and Wilkerson for the layout of the facility.

February 25, 2005

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