University of Tennessee Board of Trustees unanimously approves new chancellor

Beverly J. Davenport (Courtesy: WATE)
Beverly J. Davenport (Courtesy: WATE)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Thursday afternoon, the University of Tennessee’s Board of Trustees voted to confirm Beverly Davenport as University of Tennessee Knoxville’s new chancellor.

Beverly J. Davenport will replace Chancellor Jimmy Cheek on March 1. She will become not only the university’s first female chancellor but also the highest-paid chancellor in the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s history.

On July 15, Davenport took over as the interim president at the University of Cincinnati. Previously she served as the University of Cincinnati’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.Davenport’s base salary is $585,000 annually, along with up to $95,000 in additional compensation. She will also be eligible for bonuses beginning July 1, 2017.

The University of Cincinnati credits Davenport with record-setting enrollments and rising retention and graduation rates. During her time at the university she is recognized for launching aggressive faculty recruitment initiatives, working with the athletics department to improve athletes’ study habits, increasing the university’s global partnership and study abroad programs and investing in mental health counseling, student services and online learning.