For a while, anyway. From The Tennessean.
Board of Regents picks David Gregory as interim leader
Bolstered by the endorsement of Gov. Bill Haslam, David Gregory was appointed Thursday to serve as acting chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents after John Morgan retires at the end of the month.
Haslam, who serves as honorary chairman of the Board of Regents and appoints its members, recommended Gregory during a special called meeting to replace Morgan, who is set to step down as chancellor on Jan. 31. Haslam said Gregory, who has spent almost 20 years as a high-ranking Board of Regents staff member, will serve as "a strong and steady hand" as the organization faces massive changes during the upcoming legislative session.
"It's really important that we have someone who is known by everyone in the system," Haslam said.
Haslam has proposed to change the makeup of that system dramatically in the coming months. His plan, which will come before the legislature this year as part of the proposed "Focus on College and University Success Act," calls for the creation of independent boards for six state universities governed by the Board of Regents.