People: Hampton will be point-man in TSU reform
Milt Capps UPDATED Oct. 8, 2008 4:20 AM
UPDATE: In the wake of an audit that showed continued TSU problems, The Tennessean reported Oct. 8 that TSU President Melvin Johnson has shifted Hampton's responsibilities to others in his cabinet, and that Hampton will return to faculty status.
The name of TSU Provost Robert Hampton is woven throughout that plan, with his name repeatedly invoked as the linchpin in executing academic and operational improvements ranging from sponsored academic research to information technology governance, services and infrastructure.
TSU has set ambitious goals for this, the first year of implementation of the academic plan. The initiative is partly propelled by a tough report on TSU's deficiencies delivered earlier this year by the Pappas Consulting Group.
Pappas Group described its own report as "hard-hitting, direct and candid," and that document, plus the new master plan, call unequivocally for "a cultural shift of seismic proportions" at TSU, in the interest of TSU truly becoming "Nashville's public university and university of choice," despite competition from such institutions as Middle Tennessee State University, Belmont University and others.