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UT-Knoxville chancellor fired from post

Amy J. Vellucci, The Tennessean • May 2, 2018 at 3:46 PM

KNOXVILLE — The highest-paid chancellor in the University of Tennessee's history, Beverly Davenport, has been fired from that role and will be retained as faculty in the College of Communication and Information, UT President Joe DiPietro announced Wednesday afternoon.

An interim chancellor is expected to be named soon.

“It is my responsibility as UT president to ensure the success of every campus, beginning with the leadership of every campus. A great deal is at stake in these hires, particularly given the importance of the flagship campus both to fulfilling the UT system mission and to that mission’s impact on the lives of all Tennesseans. Upon realizing that UT Knoxville needed a change from Dr. Davenport’s leadership, I decided to take action to address the leadership need,” DiPietro said in the news release.

“Dr. Davenport and I have had several conversations during her tenure as chancellor to lay out expectations, and discuss concerns. Unfortunately, issues arose that have progressed and, while I am disappointed to have to make this change, it is necessary and in the best interests of the University." More about Davenport’s dismissal from our partners at The Tennessean.

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