U of Tenn president foresees fewer vp's

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tight budgets could mean fewer top administrators at the University of Tennessee.

UT President John Petersen says in his five-year self-evaluation released Thursday that he believes "we have strengthened UT leadership with the same number of management positions" since his arrival.

However, he says declining state revenue will likely force UT to "reduce the number of vice presidents and consolidate service programs."

Some legislators and faculty have criticized UT as being top heavy -- with some 17 vice presidents, three campus chancellors and two athletic directors.

Petersen tells The Associated Press he will likely recommend trimming some of those executives or shifting their responsibilities to the UT Board of Trustees at a meeting later this month in Memphis.

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