Changes to bylaws would allow UT president to fire chancellors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- University of Tennessee President John Petersen would have the authority to fire chancellors under proposed changes to the schoool's bylaws.

The amendments were to be discussed Friday in Nashville during a meeting of the trusteeship committee of the UT Board of Trustees.

If approved, the full board will take a final vote at its winter meeting March 11-12 in Chattanooga.

The decision would come two months after former UT-Knoxville Chancellor Loren Crabtree left the school amid disagreements with Petersen over control of the campus.

Trusteeship committee members say the changes have been discussed since early last year and are not a result of Crabtree's departure.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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