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Changes in Athletic Department Leadership

I want to let you know about a change in my senior leadership team made earlier today.

Athletic Director John Currie has been placed on leave with pay, and Phillip Fulmer will begin serving as athletic director effective immediately.

I have taken these steps in the best interest of the university.

I am confident that Phillip understands the need to support our student-athletes and our commitment to excellence in all athletic programs. I appreciate his willingness to serve during this critical time.

No one better understands the storied history of Vol athletics and its deep connection to alumni and fans, and I believe he will be a unifying presence for all of us committed to the university’s success.

Beverly J. Davenport