Task Force to Examine UT’s Hiring Practices

KNOXVILLE — Eli Fly, acting president of the University of Tennessee, Thursday named a six-member employment task force to examine UT-s hiring practices.

Sara Phillips, UT assistant vice president for human resources, will chair the group, composed of highly respected members of the faculty and upper level administrators from various UT units. Fly asked for a report by the first of August.

“This group is not being formed to examine the circumstances surrounding the hiring of Pamela Reed,” Fly stated. “Rather, the task force will review our general policies and processes to see if what we are doing is sound.”

“If they find we can make improvements, I want them to make recommendations to that effect.”

Staff members from other departments, including affirmative action and human resources, will work with the group as they conduct their review, Fly said.

Other members of the task force are: Richard Brown, vice chancellor for administration and finance at UT-Chattanooga; Katherine Greenberg, professor of educational psychology and incoming president of the faculty senate in Knoxville; Charles Norman, dean and professor in the agricultural extension service; Amy Paganelli, director of the business office at the Graduate School of Medicine; and Richard Washington, director of personnel services at the UT Health Science Center, Memphis.