|Major Shakeup at Tenn. State Univ.|
|By Marshall Latimore -- Black College Wire|
Several top Tennessee State University officials, including those connected to a recent security breach, have been reassigned or dismissed.
The letter, initially distributed to faculty and staff in e-mail form, announced the reassignment of Provost/Executive Vice President Robert L. Hampton, who will now be on special assignment until January, though he is to assume a tenured faculty position in the sociology department effective Nov. 1. Hampton's role as provost/executive vice president was the chief academic officer and responsible for overseeing all academic processes.
Additionally, the unidentified financial aid employee who lost a flash drive containing 9,000 students' personal information, also has been dismissed from the university. Human resource officials said the employee's name would not be released.
Other administrative changes included John Cade, who was associate vice president for Enrollment Management. He is to remain at TSU as academic protocol officer. He also will remain responsible for planning and logistics for the university's three annual commencement ceremonies and fall Convocation.
National searches for these vacated positions, as well as the Director of Financial Aid, are to begin as early as January. Mary Chambliss, who was Financial Aid director, has been dismissed from the university. An interim director will be appointed, the letter said.
Taking over a portion of Hampton's duties is Kathleen McErney, dean of the College of Health Services, who will now serve as interim vice president for Academic Affairs, effective Oct. 7, the letter explained.
Additionally, the university's call center, which was a part of Academic Affairs, has been reassigned to Dennis Gendron, vice president for Communication and Information Technologies, the letter stated.
"All employees must be willing to be held accountable for their performance and contributions, and especially for decisions that directly impact the quality of services we provide to our students," Johnson said in the letter.
Marshall Latimore writes for the TSU Meter, the Tennessee State University student newspaper, which originally published a version of this article.
|Posted Oct. 08, 2008|
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