Catanzaro dusts off decade-old playbook to silence faculty discontent

photo Jim Catanzaro

Some Chattanooga State employees worry that the controversial administrator charged with finding new revenue streams is bleeding their departments dry.

Faculty members have been irked at the hiring of Chief Innovations Officer Lisa Haynes, who was appointed last year without a required bachelor's degree. President Jim Catanzaro is under investigation by his bosses at the Tennessee Board of Regents over her hiring and other issues, and faculty have twice voted no confidence in his leadership.

But professional staffers -- who include non-faculty employees like librarians, advisers and mid-level managers -- have additional concerns. In a position paper posted online Monday, the college's Professional Staff Association wrote that many members view staff reductions in their own departments as directly related to gains in Haynes' division.