Head of Tennessee Board of Regents Stepping Down

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John Morgan, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, announced he would resign in a scathing letter that slammed Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to dramatically restructure the state’s largest public college system.

In a letter sent Thursday to Haslam and Board of Regents Vice Chair Emily Reynolds, Morgan called Haslam’s plan “unworkable” and added that it will “seriously impair” the colleges’ abilities to work toward state goals. Morgan had planned to retire in January 2017, but he said he fast-tracked those plans after Haslam announced his proposal in December.

“I cannot, in good conscience, continue as chancellor for another year,” Morgan wrote. He will step down Jan. 31.

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