KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The University of Tennessee is declining to make public a letter from a student trustee who resigned from the governing board of the state's flagship institution and quit school.
University officials cited federal privacy laws when asked by the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1v46Mp3 ) why they wouldn't say why R.J. Duncan of Nolensville, Tennessee or release his resignation letter.
Duncan quit less than six months into a two-year appointment by Gov. Bill Haslam.
Haslam selected Duncan, a junior in finance and marketing, even though he wasn't the top vote-getter in a campus election in April.
The appointment that rotates among the system's three undergraduate campuses and the Health Science Center in Memphis. Student trustees, like faculty representatives, have voting power only in the second year of their appointment.