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Manning apologizes for letting taxpayers pick up TBR spouses' travel tab

November 25, 2003


Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Charles Manning apologized Nov. 20 for using taxpayer dollars to buy plane tickets for his wife and a regents wife to attend the boards quarterly meeting at Northeast State Technical Community in Blountville.

According to The Tennessean, Manning told the legislatures Fiscal Review Committee, It will not happen again, I assure you. It wasnt the right thing to do.
November 25, 2003


Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Charles Manning apologized Nov. 20 for using taxpayer dollars to buy plane tickets for his wife and a regent's wife to attend the board's quarterly meeting at Northeast State Technical Community in Blountville.

According to The Tennessean, Manning told the legislature's Fiscal Review Committee, “It will not happen again, I assure you. It wasn't the right thing to do.”

Manning said the board had planned to take a state plane, but there was a scheduling conflict with a commissioner of a state agency. Since the cost estimate for a charter plane was $2,800, he “approved an exception to board policy, which prohibits paying for travel for people who aren't regents or employees,” according to The Tennessean article.

Although board policy allows for such exceptions, Manning said he should have had the plan approved by the board's vice chairman.