New TBR Chancellor under more scrutiny

I wonder if he will feel the need to resign to take the heat off?  And I hear rumors that our Governor will be the top candidate for the University of Tennessee's open presidency.

Senate to hold inquiry into Tenn. Regents hiring of Bredesen aide as chancellor
State lawmakers say they will hold hearings on the selection of a top aide of outgoing Gov. Phil Bredesen as the new chancellor for the Tennessee Board of Regents.

The Tennessean reported Friday that following complaints from Republican lawmakers, the Senate Education Committee will call on TBR officials to explain the circumstances around the hiring of Deputy Gov. John Morgan last week.

Criticism has been growing over the appointment of a longtime political hand to an academic position as the chief executive over the Regents system of universities and colleges.

Republican state Sens. Bill Ketron and Jim Tracy told the newspaper they also wanted to know why the Regents lowered educational requirements for the position and increased the salary before making the hire.

Ketron said he also wants TBR officials to explain why the Senate has not been asked to confirm members to the board, despite a law that gives senators the right to reject appointees.

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