One of the highest-ranking administrators at University of Tennessee is stepping down and returning to teaching.
According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, University of Tennessee president Joe Dipietro announced on Tuesday that Chancellor Jimmy Cheek is stepping down. Cheek, 69, has held the position since 2009.
Cheek will remain in office until his successor is found. Cheek has degrees from Texas A&M and Lamar University, and was at Florida before taking the Chancellor job in 2009.
Dipietro said he hopes to have a candidate to propose to the Tennessee Board of Trustees at the 2017 spring board meeting.
The University of Tennessee is currently involved in a Title IX lawsuit regarding the university’s mishandling of sexual assault cases.