UT diversity website gets a new overseer

The author of the University of Tennessee’s holiday party guidelines that sparked a national controversy accusing the school of a “war on Christmas” won’t be writing such suggestions anymore, reports the News Sentinel.

Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Rickey Hall “has been counseled,” UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said in a news release. The website for Hall’s office will now be overseen by Vice Chancellor for Communications Margie Nichols — not by Hall or any of his staff— and the original advisory, posted online, has been taken down.

Hall will remain vice chancellor, and his role and salary will not change, Nichols said. She said her office manages several other administrators’ websites, including Provost Susan Martin and Cheek.

“As an education institution, it’s our job to listen and learn,” Cheek said. “We are sorry that we did not communicate very well. We’ve learned a lesson from this.”