Just 4 weeks ago Chattanooga State faculty voted no confidence in the president of the college, Dr. James Catanzaro.
Even though he said he had no plans to resign after the results came out, on Monday he announced his retirement.
"I was surprised at first and relieved that the matter has been solved, but saddened at the same time too," said Ken Goldsmith, Faculty Senate President.
Catanzaro released a statement saying "I love this college and our community. We've made extraordinary strides over the past 24 years so that Chattanooga State stands out as one of the very best community colleges in the nation. Rhonda and I wish you all the very best."
"You don't like things to go down this way if they can be avoided," said Goldsmith.
In September, our partners at the Time Free Press first reported Catanzaro hired a woman he met on vacation and gave her a six-figure administrative job.
"I think it does point to the fact that I think the stewardship was going in the wrong direction," said Goldsmith.
The Tennessee Board of Regents released a statement on Monday saying. "President Catanzaro has made substantial contributions to Chattanooga State, its students, and the community it serves. We appreciate his recognition that now is the appropriate time for new leadership to step in and allow the college to continue moving forward."
Goldsmith says he hopes with new leadership they will have more of a voice of where the college is heading. "We will be moving on with new leadership and that will be good for the college, the students and the community."
Dr. Catanzaro's resignation is effective at the end of December.
An interim president will be appointed while a national search for a permanent leader is conducted next year.
An announcement concerning the interim appointment will come at a later date.
After a recent vote of ‘no confidence” from the Chattanooga State's faculty, Chattanooga State President Jim Catanzaro has announced his retirement.
Catanzaro came under fire after questions surfaced over the hiring of Chief Innovations Officer Lisa Haynes.
Effective December 31, 2014, Catanzaro's full statement is below:
“I love this college and our community. We've made extraordinary strides over the past 24 years so that Chattanooga State stands out as one of the very best community colleges in the nation. We have heard this from the national community college leaders who visited us: John Roueche, Terry O'Banion, and the American Association of Community Colleges CEO Walter Bumphus. Certainly these men know community colleges. The THEC outcomes Report positioned us as the highest achieving public college or university in the state.
It has been a college-wide effort with strong System support. We can all be proud to be ‘Chattanooga Staters'.
I'm immensely proud to have been part of such a distinguished campus community. Hopefully, new leadership will take Chattanooga State even further.
I am announcing my retirement effective December 31. Rhonda and I wish you all the very best.”