House To Vote On Confidential Higher Ed Applicants
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A bill to make secret the names of applicants to lead public colleges and universities in Tennessee has hit a speed bump in the state House after easily clearing the Senate.
The vote on the measure sponsored by Republican House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga was put off until Thursday to address concerns raised on the floor.
McCormick said the bill would encourage more candidates to apply for the jobs without fear of hurting their current employment. He said the names of the three finalists would become public after the entire applicant pool was vetted.
But Democratic House Minority Leader of Ripley, a finalist to become president of the University of Tennessee in 2010, said the public deserves to have a full account of who has applied.
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