SEATTLE (WATE) – UT Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion Rickey Hall has accepted a similar position at another university.

University of Washington announced Thursday Hall will be their new vice president of the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity and chief diversity officer beginning on August 1.

“Rickey Hall brings enormous experience to the University of Washington,” said University of Washington Interim Provost Jerry Baldasty. “He has been a highly regarded leader in diversity for more than 20 years.”

Tennessee lawmakers have been calling on Hall to resign from his position at the University of Tennessee. A bill to strip the University of Tennessee’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion of all state funding has passed the House and Senate. The bill would divert all funds designated as salaries for the office, a total of $436,700, to minority engineering scholarships. Gov. Bill Haslam has not yet signed or vetoed the bill.

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