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Chattanooga college officials involved in hiring scandal out

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (AP) - A Chattanooga State Community College administrator whose hiring led to a Board of Regents investigation of the school's longtime president has been fired.

A Chattanooga newspaper reports Lisa Haynes was fired Monday by new Interim President Warren Nichols on his first day on campus. Longtime President Jim Catanzaro retired Dec. 31 in the midst of campus discontent with his leadership.

The new president also fired Human Resources Director Tom Crum, who participated in Haynes' hiring.

Catanzaro met Haynes while on vacation in Barbados. He hired in 2013 her although she had not earned a bachelor's degree. She soon was promoted and given a six-figure salary.

The Regents' investigation suggested that college leadership concocted a mock hiring process that had the sole purpose of bringing Haynes to campus.

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