University of Tennessee fires chancellor Beverly Davenport.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport is being forced out of her post, less than 1 ½ years after she took over.
UT President Joe DiPietro announced Wednesday that Davenport’s term will end July 1. His letter to her cited “numerous areas of unsatisfactory performance.”
DiPietro says Davenport is being placed on administrative leave with pay until June 30 and then will be reassigned as a faculty member in the university’s college of communication and information.
DiPietro says he’s disappointed to make the change, but adds it is “in the best interests of the university.”
Davenport was hired as Tennessee’s chancellor in November 2016, taking over in February 2017. Her tenure included a tumultuous football coaching search that resulted in the removal of athletic director John Currie, who was hired by Davenport.
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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – WVLT TV in Knoxville reports that sources tell them that University of Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport has been fired.
She has only held the job for little more than a year, after serving as interim president.
Davenport was a key player in the firing and replacement of football coach Butch Jones.
And then also in the firing and replacement of athletics director John Currie, who picked a Jones replacement that led to a fan revolt on social media.
Davenport was also the target of Republicans in the legislature.
Most recently, being called out by lawmakers for attending a fundraiser for the University’s LGBT Center.
Sen. Kerry Roberts accused Davenport of taking an activist role by attending.
She argued that she attends thousands of University fundraisers and was specifically asked by lawmakers to raise private money for the center.
Let’s do this again.
PROTEST IN SUPPORT OF BEVERLY DAVENPORT
Outside Andy Holt Tower
Let’s take back our university once and for all.
— Jake Tidwell (@jaketidwell97) May 2, 2018