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University of Tennessee Chancellor Being Forced Out of Post

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — 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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