Knoxville College Fires President Amid Money, Enrollment Woes

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Knoxville College trustees have fired the president who they hired just three months ago. The historically Black college is in substantial debt and is dealing with more than a dozen shuttered buildings and an enrollment of only about 20 students.

James Reese, chairman of the board of trustees, told the Knoxville News Sentinel the college terminated President James Savage on Jan. 23. Savage, who had agreed to work without a salary, had replaced then-president Evelyn Hallman.

Reese said the separation was amicable but declined to name specific reasons for the move.

Reese said a new management team is in place. It is led by Jane Redmond, a graduate of the college and former associate chancellor of the University of Tennessee.