Thursday, January 29, 2009

UT President Goofs Again

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 7:05 AM

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University of Tennessee president John Petersen has committed another PR blunder. As protesters rallied in the streets yesterday against 700 layoffs and $100 million in spending cuts at the campus, Petersen announced that he's handing out $216,000 in bonuses to the university's fund-raising staff. Brilliant timing.

Here's how university flack Hank Dye explained it: "The more you can incentivize private funds being raised ... we think it's a good program."

Compare that with what sociology professor John Schefner said at the protest rally: "You can't teach without teachers. You can't warm buildings without people to work in the physical plant."

It's not hard to guess how most people in Knoxville felt about all this as they watched the evening news last night. We think these bonuses may go the way of Petersen's fabulous job offer to Phillip Fulmer.


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