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UT Withholds Names Of 3 Chancellor Candidates

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Posted at 3:46 PM, Oct 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-29 16:46:16-04

The University of Tennessee has refused to release the names of three candidates seeking to become Knoxville chancellor.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported the candidates have been scheduled to visit campus in coming days.

State law has required universities to release candidate applications for chancellor and president searches once they become finalists. UT has insisted the three candidates scheduled for campus visits weren't finalists.

UT President Joe DiPietro said Friday the candidates were "in positions where their exposure as candidates here puts them at some risk at their home place." He's worried if the names quickly become public, it could "blow this whole search up" in terms of keeping them in the process.

Deborah Fisher, director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, said UT's position appeared to be "a matter of just semantics."