Tennessee hires current Kansas State Athletics Director John Currie

John Currie (KSN File)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (KSNW) – John Currie has been named the new Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics at the University of Tennessee.

Currie is currently the director of athletics at Kansas State. He has been at the university since May 2009. K-State received more than $210 million in cash contributions for athletics during his time at the university that included facility improvements.

Athletically, Currie’s tenure has been marked by across the board success including seven straight bowl appearances in football, Big 12 Conference championships in football, men’s basketball and baseball, 47 individual Big 12 and eight NCAA titles in track and field, five men’s basketball NCAA Tournament appearances, three in women’s basketball, four in volleyball and three in baseball.

Formerly, Currie was the executive associate athletics director at UT. Currie is a graduate of Wake Forest and Tennessee. He received a masters in sports management in 2003.

Laird Veatch, current Deputy AD and former Wildcat football standout, has been named acting athletics director and will manage the department until a permanent hire has been made.

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