Higher Ed Wants More Secrecy in Search for Leaders

From a Richard Locker notebook:
The state Senate approved a bill Monday night that allows Tennessee’s higher education governing boards to keep confidential the names of and information on all applicants for presidents and chancellors of state colleges and universities except for the three finalists.
The bill was set for a House floor vote as well but was postponed to Wednesday. Its Senate sponsor, Sen. Jim Tracy, D-Shelbyville, said the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees and the Tennessee Board of Regents requested the bill to “encourage more qualified applicants. Many of the best candidates will not apply for fear of losing support where they are if they are not chosen” for the new position, Tracy said.

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