UT Knoxville announces finalists in search for next chancellor

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The Unversity of Tennessee-Knoxville has narrowed the search for its next chancellor to four candidates.

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville announced the finalists in the search for their next chancellor on Tuesday. The finalists are: 

  • Donde Plowman, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Brian Noland, president of East Tennessee State University
  • William Tate, dean of the graduate school and vice provost for graduate education at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Bill Hardgrave, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Auburn University

Wayne Davis currently serves as the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Interim Chancellor. He has served in the position since May of 2018 following the dismissal of Beverly Davenport. 

Finalists will participate in meetings with campus leaders, key faculty, staff and students. The finalists will also participate in campus public forum sessions.

Plowman’s public forum will take place Tuesday, April 16 from 2:30-3:30 at the Student Union Auditorium. Noland’s will take place Wednesday, April 17 from 2:30-3:30 p.m at Student Union Auditorium. Tate’s will take place Thursday, April 18 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at Student Union Auditorium. Hargrave’s will take place Thursday, April 18 from 3-4 p.m. at Room 101 in Strong Hall. 

The forums will be streamed live on the search website for UT faculty, staff and students as well as archived and available for viewing by the general public at the conclusion of the search. Opportunities to provide feedback will be available on the search website when interviews begin.

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