Thursday, December 15, 2016

Board to vote on UT's new chancellor

The UT Board of Regents will vote Thursday on whether to approve interim University of Cincinnati President Beverly Davenport as the University of Tennessee's next chancellor in charge of the Knoxville campus.

If approved, she would be the first woman to head the Knoxville campus, and would likely start March 1.

UT President Joe DiPietro announced Davenport's selection in November.

Davenport stands to make $585,000 along with a housing reimbursement and expense account, according to an offer letter dated Sunday. At Cincinnati she makes more than $600,000.

Davenport would replace Jimmy Cheek, who will serve until his replacement takes over and then play a role in higher Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the university’s College of Education Health and Human Sciences.

Cheek, who announced in June that he was stepping down, earns $447,500 annually. He's been chancellor since 2009.

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