Student Petition Slams Raise For U of Tennessee Chancellor

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An online petition from students is pressuring the chancellor of the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville campus to forgo a raise of more than $22,000.

The university president on Friday defended Chancellor Jimmy Cheek’s nearly $400,000 salary as below the median for leaders of similar colleges.

By midday Friday, there were 860 signatures on the petition at, a website that allows people to create online petitions seeking social change. The petition was started by Andrew Doss, an electrical engineering student from Goodlettsville.

According to WVLT-TV, the tuition increase to be paid in the fall will average about $289 while Cheek’s raise is $22,356.

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