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UT trustee promises more oversight of presidential spending

September 9, 2003

A UT trustee who served as vice chair of the search committee that selected Dr. John Shumaker told Tennessee legislators this week that board members would never allow presidential spending to run wild again.

"I promise you, there will be more oversight," Johnnie Amonette said. "This will not happen again," she added, referring to findings of lavish and inappropriate spending by recently resigned UT President Shumaker.
September 9, 2003

A UT trustee who served as vice chair of the search committee that selected Dr. John Shumaker told Tennessee legislators this week that board members would never allow presidential spending to run wild again.

"I promise you, there will be more oversight," Johnnie Amonette said. "This will not happen again," she added, referring to findings of lavish and inappropriate spending by recently resigned UT President Shumaker.

Amonette also said she expected the board would establish a budget for the president's office, restore the chief financial officer position and revise UT policies to specify that UT's internal auditor report to the board rather than to the president.

The headhunter who helped trustees with the search that brought Shumaker to UT cautioned against over zealousness on the part of the board, saying it could hurt UT's competitiveness in its searches for top administrators. "You want a position that still has the latitude for a president to be effective."