Committee to address no confidence concerns at Carson-Newman

Committee to address no confidence concerns at Carson-Newman

October 20, 2006

6 News Anchor/Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY (WATE) -- In a meeting Friday, the Board of Trustees at Carson-Newman College agreed to create a committee that will address the faculty's no confidence vote in President James Netherton.

The committee will start meeting right away with those concerned about Netherton's leadership. 

The trustees say they never discussed Netherton leaving the college over the vote earlier in October. At that time, faculty members and alumni said they were concerned about declining enrollment and recent faculty demotions.

Some who spoke with 6 News after the vote also said it was also taken due to misuse of college funding. 

However, Vice President of Administration David Nowell says, "They have absolute faith and confidence that there is no such problem. There is nothing there and the charges in this area are baseless and do great harm to the cause of this great institution."

Netherton did not have any comments Friday about the trustees' decision.

Carson-Newman is a four year, liberal arts Southern Baptist college located in Jefferson City.

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