New UT Chancellor has her first day on the job

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The University of Tennessee now has a new chancellor. She's the first woman to hold the position, Dr. Beverly Davenport.

Local 8 News Anchor Lauren Davis talked with her Wednesday and found out why preventing sexual assaults on campus is so high on her priority list.

Dr. Davenport said, "It's amazing to me there aren't more women doing this work."

The first ever female chancellor of the University of Tennessee had her first day on the job. Dr. Davenport says, "I'm honored completely and if I inspire someone else to do this work then I'm grateful you've given me this opportunity."

The new chancellor, who comes from the University of Cincinnati, opened the floor for any and all questions, and she addressed how she's going to address sexual assaults and rapes on campus. Davenport said, "it is on us. Every one of us. On you. On the students and the faculty. On our community and this nation to change the culture of consent. If you see something, you say something."

Dr. Davenport also said she fully supports funding for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Pride Center. Davenport said, "There will be funding and I will only be on a campus where everyone is made to feel supported and welcome and important and safe."

She also went on to say she believes it's her job to educate lawmakers on what the University wants and what their vision is.