Tennessee's search for a director of athletics has come to a close as the university officially announced Tuesday the hiring of John Currie.
An introductory press conference regarding Currie's hiring will take place at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday.
"It is a very exciting time for my family and me as we return to a place that remains very special to us," Currie said in the university's press release. "We spent 10 years in Knoxville prior to taking the job at K-State, and I appreciate Chancellor Davenport and the University of Tennessee for providing us this special opportunity. As a graduate of the University of Tennessee, I know how much UT athletics means to the people in the state, and I look forward to serving all of the Big Orange Nation, its wonderful coaches, staff and student-athletes, for many years to come. We are excited to return to Rocky Top."
Currie was tabbed by Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport, who herself arrived in Knoxville on Feb. 15 from being the interim president at the University of Cincinnati.
"We are extremely pleased to announce John as our new vice chancellor and director of athletics," Davenport said in the same release. "This is truly an exciting day for the University of Tennessee and our athletics department. 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.
"We would like to thank our internal search committee for all its hard work and dedication to the process. In February, the university hired Turnkey Search, a division of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, to conduct a nationwide search for a new director of athletics. Turnkey is recognized as the leading executive search firm spanning college and professional sports and worked tenaciously to deliver an amazing result for the university."
Dave Hart announced his retirement as Tennessee's directory of athletics on Aug. 18. Hart's stepping down had been scheduled to offically take effect June 30, 2017.
Currie earned a master's degree at Tennessee before working on campus in a variety of roles, including marketing and ticket operations.
After working at Tennessee 1997-2009, Currie took over as athletics director at Kansas State University and had been there ever since.
According to USA Today, Kansas State ranked No. 46 in the nation for the 2014-15 fiscal year by generating a revenue of $75,323,278 on a budget of $67,316,209 which is a total subsidy of $862,680. (That same year, Tennessee generated $126,584,033 of revenue with $113,413,325 in expenses.)