UT administrator got high marks before being fired

UT administrator got good reviews before being fired

Jenny Wright and her dog (Source: Facebook) Jenny Wright and her dog (Source: Facebook)

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The personnel file of a University of Tennessee administrator fired this week provided new insight into the woman at the middle of the scandal.

Jenny Wright, 32, is accused of not cooperating with an internal investigation into whether she had inappropriate relationships with student athletes. 

Wright started with the university as a student worker and then a graduate assistant. She got her bachelor's, master's and law degrees at UT.

After refusing to answer questions about whether she had inappropriate relationships with student-athletes, Wright, who was director of the Office of Student Judicial Affairs, sent in a letter of resignation last Thursday.

UT did not accept her resignation.

When she did not appear on Friday to be questioned for the investigation, UT started termination proceedings.

When she did not appear Monday to plead her case, she was fired for "unsatisfactory work-related behavior."

Before that, she had an exemplary record with the university.

She was just appointed adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in March, adding to her salary of $70,000.

Her performance reviews were always complimentary. She was called an "incredible asset" to the university by her supervisor last year.

Peer reviewers said she was both professional and personable, though one colleague said she will have to, "let go of her college days."

The university won't be any more specific about the allegations against Wright.

Her attorney said his client doesn't know the details either, but denies any wrong-doing.

UT said it will continue its investigation into the alleged inappropriate relationships, even though Wright is now gone.

In her resignation letter, Wright said she wants to pursue different challenges and interests in a new career. Her lawyer won't say what line of work she's looking into now.

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