Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart Set To Retire

Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart has announced his intention to retire.

After five years on the job, Dave Hart has revealed his intention to step down as Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics for the University of Tennessee. On Thursday, Hart announced his intention to retire, which will go into effect on June 30, 2017.

In June, it was announced that Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek would be stepping down from his position to return to teaching.

The decision from Hart comes a couple of weeks after he told the Associated Press he had no plans to leave his position, though he did foreshadow changes to the university in the wake of Cheek’s decision.

“I think everyone’s impacted by that certainly, just as you would be in a corporation or business,” Hart told the AP. “You’re basically getting another CEO.”

Cheek’s replacement will likely be named in the spring of 2017, but, at this time, there isn’t a known timetable to find Hart’s replacement.

This is the latest plate to shift under the Vols. Four other members of the chancellor’s cabinet have already left the university. Former Provost Susan Martin and former Vice Chancellor for Communications Margie Nichols both retired. Former Vice Chancellor for Diversity Rickey Hall left for the University of Washington, and former Vice Chancellor of Development Scott Rabenold is leaving for the University of Texas at Austin.

Hart is the second SEC East athletic director to announce his retirement this summer. In June, Florida’s Director of Athletics, Jeremy Foley revealed his intention to retire, which will go into effect on Oct. 1.

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