UT President Joe DiPietro takes questions from the media before introducing interim Chancellor Wayne Davis
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Following the official presentation by the University of Tennessee of its new interim chancellor, members of the Senate faculty met Monday afternoon to discuss the future structure of the The entire university system.
The incoming Senate President, Misty Anderson, in a report delivered to her colleagues at 3:30 p.m., said: "The system office is an administrative entity that exists by taxing its campuses. It has introduced measures that are, increasingly, a distraction from our mission as the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the mission we carry out. "
The Senate of the faculty planned to draft a resolution at its Monday meeting by censoring some of the recent actions of UT President Joe DiPietro, including the way Davenport was canceled, and the call for "a meaningful discussion on the role of the system," said Anderson.
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DiPietro fired Davenport last week, making a biting dismissal letter public and appointing Chancellor interim of Wayne Davis.
Davis delayed his retirement from his position as dean of Tickle College of Engineering.
UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport adds her fingerprint to The Rock during a meeting on Friday, February 9, 2018, to speak against the recent racist messages painted in The Rock. (Photo: Brianna Paciorka / News Sentinel)
Anderson, who is an adjunct professor of theater and religious studies at the university, stressed the time to change the structure of the system – and a conversation about that change – is now.
"We have a system that has people who control each other and the The system lives on the UT campus, "Anderson said in an interview before the meeting, although he said" it would not be so daring "to advise on the best way to operate the UT system.
Anderson, who worked for UT for 22 years, said she could not speak for the whole faculty body about the general feelings towards the dismissal of Davenport and the structure of the university system, but she personally regrets the decision of DiPietro de f ire Davenport and is particularly concerned about how it was handled.
Davenport was 'adored', says Anderson
Davenport was "nothing less than adored by students and she has had a wonderful impact on the university, particularly by showing attention to students and working hard for them, "said Anderson.
While many faculty members are recovering from the impact of Davenport's departure, Anderson said that Davis has been wonderful and hopes to "work with anyone who wants to see the university be better and stronger."
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