Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart will retire next summer

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – UT athletic director Dave Hart announced on Thursday his plans to retire after the upcoming school year.

The effective date of his retirement is June 30, 2017.

UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said, “Dave’s greatest accomplishment is making UT a student-athlete-focused department. His drive for comprehensive excellence has touched all facets of athletics. Our student athletes have the highest overall grade point average in the history of the program, exceeding a 3.0 and fundraising is having a record year. He has restructured the department for greater efficiency and created a long-term sustainable financial model.”

“Dave has worked with our coaches to make us nationally competitive. He has focused on compliance and doing things the right way in the class room and on the field. His work and determination have put UT sports in a strong position for the future.”

UT System President Joe DiPietro added “I appreciate Dave’s decision and his willingness to work with us as we recruit a new Chancellor and a new athletics director.”

UT officials say Hart has turned the athletics department around financially, structurally and academically.

And it has set records for fundraising and academic success.

A three year fundraising campaign wraps up this fall.

“As I thought about finishing this job well and how extremely proud I am of what everyone in our department has contributed collectively to get us to where we are today, I decided that this was a good time to set a target to wrap up my career as a Director of Athletics,” Hart said.

The University will have to pick a new Chancellor before finding a replacement for Hart.

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