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Wayne Davis named as interim UT-Knoxville Chancellor

Wayne Davis (Photo credit: University of Tennessee)

University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro announced Thursday that Wayne Davis will serve as the interim chancellor at UT-Knoxville following the removal of Beverly Davenport from the position.

Davis has agreed to serve in the role for six to 12 months. He will take office on Monday.

“Wayne Davis is a proven and respected University leader who has served the flagship campus in numerous capacities for more than four decades. As its dean, he has presided over a thriving Tickle College of Engineering, growing in enrollment, research productivity and achieving new heights of national recognition,” DiPietro said. “I greatly appreciate Wayne and his wife, Sylvia, postponing retirement to continue serving their alma mater during this critical time.”

“It is always unsettling when there is a sudden change in a senior leadership position within the university, and this situation is no exception,” Davis said. “The University of Tennessee holds a special place in my heart. As an alum, a faculty member and an administrator, I have been committed to this great University and its journey toward excellence for more than 45 years. I am deeply honored to be asked to serve in this interim role as the university identifies the next steps toward its search for a new chancellor.”

Davis has served in faculty and administrative roles at UT for 44 years. He was assistant dean of the graduate school from 1985 through 1988 and was its associate dean from 1988 through 1991. He was named interim dean of the Tickle College of Engineering in 2008 before taking the permanent position in 2009.

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