Inside Higher Ed
October 28th, 2014
Jim Catanzaro, the longtime president of Chattanooga State Community College, met Lisa Haynes, now a top aide, in Barbados.
He later hired Haynes, a native of the island nation, for a newly
created job. At the time, she didn't have a college degree. Then he
bumped her pay up to $108,000 this year. Now, roughly a third of the
college's faculty have backed a no confidence vote in Catanzaro’s
leadership and the hiring has drawn scrutiny from state higher education
Catanzaro, who has been president of the 13,000-student community
college in Tennessee for 25 years as of Nov. 1, said he met Haynes while
he was visiting the island nation.
Haynes, he said, thought she had graduated from Duquesne University with a marketing degree in 2005.
She applied for one job -- associate vice president for fund
development -- and didn’t get it, Catanzaro said. Then she applied for
another, senior executive assistant to Catanzaro. She got that job. But
when she was hired last fall, she had not actually been awarded her
degree by Duquesne. Now, she also has another title: chief innovations