UT President DiPietro Fires Chancellor Beverly Davenport With Scathing Letter

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UT President Joe DiPietro announced Wednesday that Davenport's term will end July 1. Until June 30, Davenport is on administrative leave with pay.

That's according to a report from local Knoxville columnist Jimmy Hyams, who is reporting that the university has moved on from chancellor Beverly Davenport.

DiPietro said that "upon realizing that UT Knoxville needed a change from Dr. Davenport's leadership, I made a decision to take action to address the leadership need".

DiPietro said he had several conversations with Davenport about expectations and concerns, but issues ultimately arose. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Later, Davenport dismissed Currie for his role during a wild coaching search to replace Butch Jones, who was sacked as Tennessee's football coach last November.

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In her Monday email distributed to students and alumni that was also posted on the university's website, Davenport wrote that it has "become my mission to make sure that across this state and this country, people know of the great minds and talents and research and exploration we have here at Rocky Top".

Davenport was named the school's chancellor in December 2016, and her first major move at the school was hiring John Currie from Kansas State to be the school's new athletic director. She also had a hand in re-emphasizing the Lady Vols name.

Beverly Davenport's tenure as chancellor at Tennessee may not have been a long one, but it was certainly memorable.

She also faced controversy when a white nationalist group made public its intentions to speak on campus. So far there is no word on the search for a permanent replacement.