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Old 02-27-2009, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Knoxville
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Wasn't it a disagreement on philosophy between Crabtree and Peterson that led to Crabtree's departure? Or something along those lines, maybe?
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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No idea. He's at the Semester at Sea program now. I'd love to do that, too, but man is it expensive!
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:02 PM
 
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^^ Yes, Peterson's insistence on more system control and disagreements over having the Athletic Department be under control of UT Knoxville and not the UT System caused the huge rift between the two...

I will always remember the last time I saw the two together- at halftime during a Men's Basketball game- the students cheered Crabtree and boo'd Peterson off the court... ahh, good times.
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Old 03-21-2009, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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And while we're at it, I wish they'd get rid of Mike Hamilton and replace him with Phil Fulmer. Fulmer may not be the best football coach in the world, but he knows how to run an athletic program and is still beloved by many big donors and those who love the university.
Horrible idea.
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Old 03-21-2009, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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under Peterson especially who viewed it as a business enterprise and students as customers he could milk every penny out of... instead of raising tuition and cutting jobs, how about dismantling all the red tape that has sprung up that makes it extremely hard to ever graduate from UT Knoxville? That would certainly save alot of money.

My pick? I would love for someone to track down Loren Crabtree- I enjoyed his tenure as Chancellor at UT Knoxville, and I am not alone in my respect for this man- students and faculty alike.
So you're saying we don't need 45 vice presidents who all get a free car and make 100k?

I agree 100% with you on Crabtree.
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Old 03-21-2009, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Wasn't it a disagreement on philosophy between Crabtree and Peterson that led to Crabtree's departure? Or something along those lines, maybe?
The big issue is the idea of UT being the state's flagship institution. Here's a copy-and-paste from a UT message board that I believe gives great insight:

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The fundamental problem is that anything which elevates the Knoxville campus is seen by many as being at the expense of the rest of the system. Petersen's a politician, not an academician; he's pursued a least common denominator strategy of spreading resources around to keep people in Chattanooga and Martin happy. If you want to have a true top-level flagship campus, then you have to treat (and fund) it as such, and Petersen has been unwilling to do so because it ruffle feathers in the rest of the system. (You can even see evidence of this approach when you're watching a UT football game on TV. The UT ads these days don't mention Knoxville in particular, referring instead to "the statewide campus of the University of Tennessee.")

Anyway, things finally came to a head last year when Petersen ousted Loren Crabtree, chancellor of the Knoxville campus and the best administrator UTK has had since I walked on campus as a freshman 20 years ago. It looked as though Crabtree was finally fulfilling some of the long-stated aims of making UTK into a top-level state school, but that put him into conflict with Petersen's priorities for the rest of the system. Exeunt both Crabtree and Tennessee's only real shot at having a high-level public university.
There were also disagreements about cutting down inner-city forests to built sorority houses and whom the athletic department reports to, but mainly the "flagship" issue is why Crabtree resigned.
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Nashville Area
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woohoooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This time I hope they'll get someone who has close ties to the University of Tennessee and whose blood bleeds orange. Enough of these national searches who haven't given us these last three bozos.
I am beginnning to wonder if UTK even cares about "homegrown" anymore. :/
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