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Fulmer Decides Against Presidential Position
Phillip Fulmer is stepping down from his special assistant to the university president; of his own accord.
By: BE Coleman
Amid a national budget crisis, that has hit the University of Tennessee this week, with the announcement of more budget cuts finds Phillip Fulmer is stepping down from his special assistant to the university president; of his own accord.
Fulmer was hired for a three month position as he considered his own future without severing insurance and retirement benefits with the university. He was offered the job back in November after he stepped aside from running the football program.
Fulmer said he could not accept the $12,500 monthly rate of pay knowing the school was forced to make the cuts in academics. Fulmer’s salary does not come from the school and is wholly funded by the free standing athletic department at UT.
“Today I informed President Petersen that I will not be transitioning to a position in the President’s office at this time, said Fulmer. Instead, I have offered my services to him as an alumni volunteer, helping develop the university’s relationships with its supporters.
It has always been my goal to do what’s right for this great University and bring Tennessee people together, and that’s what I will continue to do,” Fulmer added.
“The University values Phillip’s ability to unite and motivate his fellow alumni, and we will continue to seek ways to make the best use of his talents,” said Dr. John Petersen.
Fulmer will now work for free at his new position for the university alumni instead of taking the position that had been left unfilled in the president’s office.
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