Davenport out as UT-Knoxville chancellor

Beverly Davenport, the first female chancellor of the University of Tennessee flagship campus in Knoxville, is being demoted. The UT system announced Wednesday that Davenport will become a faculty member in the College of Communication and Information on July 1.

Davenport had been criticized by some for her handling of UT’s botched football coaching search, her rejection of Gov. Bill Haslam’s outsourcing initiatives, and (especially among lawmakers) for the ongoing student-led Sex Week activities on campus.

The move was announced by UT President Joe DiPietro, who is nearing retirement, and follows the passage of Haslam legislation to slash the number of voting members on the system’s board from 27 to 11.

Here’s the full release from UT:

KNOXVILLE – Beverly Davenport’s appointment as University of Tennessee, Knoxville chancellor will end July 1 and she will become a member of the faculty in the College of Communication and Information, UT President Joe DiPietro announced today.
“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.
“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.”
An interim chancellor will be named soon.

4 Responses to Davenport out as UT-Knoxville chancellor

  • Eddie White says:

    Could we please apply some common sense to the hiring decisions at UT. Why is it that our decision-makers feel that the only capable leaders come from somewhere other than Tennessee? We hire John Currie to be AD and reject Phil Fulmer and David Blackburn, two very qualified Tennesseans who love UT. Can we now hire a qualified Tennessean who lives in our state, loves our state, and can develop better relationships across the state, including the legislature, to be the new chancellor?

  • Michael Lottman says:

    Outsiders like Currie and Davenport should know they have no chance when they try to exercise any non-good-old-boy independent judgment at a place like UT. Before this is over, that backstabber Phillip Fulmer will be running the place and probably coaching the football team on the side. Just like the good old days, when men were men and women were too. Just wait–it won’t be long until Fulmer’s desperation coaching choice, from Alabama no less, is seen to be way over his head and gets the ax as well.

  • Tommy Ray McAnally says:

    Lottman you are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, FULMER CANT SPELL FOOTBALL, How Embarrassing is it to HIRE FULMER THAT GOT FIRED PAID Fulmer 6 million to get rid of HIM AND looks like OVER WEIGH ASS. I BELIEVE FULMER SCREWED COACH MAJORS. WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A WINCHESTER DIVORCÉE. Where is Haslam? IF I GET A CHANCE IT LOOKS LIKE I WILL FIRE FULMER AND RUN HASLAM AND HIS BROTHER OFF THE UT HILL. GUARANTEED if I am IN the right AUTHORITY.

  • Cannoneer2 says:

    With regard to the outsourcing initiatives, not every job absolutely has to be under the purview of some crony corporate money making operation. The current crop of Tennessee Republicans remind me of the whiny kid from childhood who just HAD to be in possession of each and every toy. The thought also crossed my mind to see if “Cooter” Davenport were available to take the reins. Good nickname in a state that’s full of nicknamed politicians, but he’s a Democrat.

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