Tennessee Selects Currie to Lead Department of Athletics

The University of Tennessee (UT) announced that John Currie, AD at Kansas State University since 2009, will become the Volunteers’ next Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics.

Currie was selected following a search led by UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport. Davenport utilized Turnkey to execute the search, and worked with a search committee including UT luminaries Peyton Manning and Jimmy Haslam; Senior Associate AD Donna Thomas; Anderson Media Corporation CEO and UT Trustee Charlie Anderson; and UT’s SEC and NCAA Faculty Rep, Professor Donald Bruce.

“This is truly an exciting day for the University of Tennessee and our athletics department,” said Davenport. “As I said when we began this process, we were looking for the best candidate, and we feel strongly that we have him in John Currie. John exemplifies all the qualities we were seeking in an athletics director. He is a man of high integrity, strong values, a progressive thinker, he fully understands the importance of being compliant in everything we do, and he is a leader who will put the well-being of our student-athletes above everything.”

During Currie’s time at the helm at K-State, the Wildcats won Big 12 Championships in football, men’s basketball and baseball.

Said Gene DeFilippo, Managing Director of Turnkey Search, “Tennessee landing John Currie is a marriage made in heaven. Chancellor Davenport wanted the best AD and she got him!”

For more on UT, Currie and the hiring process, please click here.

Turnkey Search has been an industry leader since 1996, with a legacy of more than 1,000 executive search placements. Over the past year, Turnkey has completed AD searches for clients including the University of Alabama, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, Bowling Green State University, Grand Valley State University and Georgia Tech, and assisted with the hiring of several coaches, including Temple Head Football Coach Geoff Collins



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