UT withholds names in chancellor search

The University of Tennessee on Friday refused to release the names of three candidates seeking to become the next Knoxville chancellor, all of whom are visiting campus beginning next week.

State law requires universities to release the candidate applications for chancellor and president searches once they become finalists for the job. UT, however, insists that the three candidates scheduled for campus visits are not finalists.

"We have an incredible field of candidates, from the standpoint of talent, and they're in positions where their exposure as candidates here puts them at some risk at their home place," UT president Joe DiPietro said Friday. "What I'm really worried about is that if these names become all public very quickly, it could blow this whole search up in terms of (keeping the candidates) in the process."

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