The current controversy on high pay for UT administrators who return to teach as faculty could not come at a worse time for the university, as it suggests waste through inflated salaries that are not genuinely earned or deserved.
To retire as chancellor, president or provost and then earn 75 percent of your salary with no limit as to how long it lasts and no connection to duties, workload or ability seems fundamentally misplaced. It is not fiscally conservative. It is wasteful. UT is often asking for more money and telling the Legislature not to micromanage. This weakens their argument as the board of trustees allowed this to happen.
State Rep. Bill Dunn says the so-called “kooky” bills introduced in virtually every legislative session grab media attention from more serious matters.
Seeking election to his 12th two-year term, Dunn works in a swirl of insanity called the Tennessee General Assembly. Earlier this month, the state attorney general reported that 22 women had claimed sexual harassment by Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham. Just last week, Rep. Martin Daniel accosted former Rep. Steve Hall in front of four witnesses at a local radio station.
Dave Hart, University of Tennessee athletic director, is acting as though the Lady Vol name controversy has blown over and it is business as usual.
Hart was quoted recently as saying the Athletic Department has moved on from this controversy. Little does he understand the Tennessee mindset when he says that. He can expect to see it considered in the next legislative session when respected members like Roger Kane and Becky Duncan Massey bring it up.
State Rep. Bill Dunn is a key member of the House Education Committee and has generally supported Gov. Bill Haslam’s education reform measures. But he broke ranks last session by passing a bill to reel back the Common Core State Standards, which have grown increasingly unpopular among conservatives as well as teachers.
Dunn said the new law (which Haslam signed) puts Tennessee in control of its standards while requiring the state Board of Education to notify members of the House and Senate education committees and post information online before it can vote on standard changes.