The board of O'More College of Design on Monday accepted the offer by President Mark Hilliard to step down from his job with immediate effect. The move comes shortly after reports that a number of faculty members this summer voiced their concern about Hilliard's leadership and his spending on a number of projects. But the resignation doesn't mean the book is closed on the school's investigation into Hillard's actions.
Asked if the retirement closes the official investigation into the allegations and concerns made by staff and students, Williams, an attorney who has served on the board since 2007, said “not necessarily.”
Of the “huge number of allegations” the board received, some of charges were serious while others “were more opinion,” Williams said. “If we find credible evidence of something we need to investigate, we’ll certainly look into it.”
Claiming that the survival of O'More College of Design is in question, a group of faculty members two months ago sent a letter to the Franklin school's board of directors outlining a series of complaints regarding the actions of President Mark Hilliard. But that hasn't resulted in any action, writes Richel Albright at Franklin Home Page.
Several supporting documents obtained by Franklin Home Page claim that Hilliard has not accurately reported financial figures to the board and has spent money from the school’s budget “researching” themes for parties and fundraising events on the campus which often see no return in funds.
Built environment enthusiast Ron Brewer, an original member of the urbanplanet.org Nashville forum and creator of what might be the best map that tracks development within the city (see here), is known for being skilled with a camera. Ron sent me the images seen below, and they nicely provide an update to their respective projects.
The top photo is of Park Central, as seen from the building's back side at the T-intersection of Reidhurst Avenue and Brandau Place. The eight-story building, now topped and fronting 25th Avenue North within the West End corridor, is being skinned, so we should have a strong feel fairly soon about its exterior. If anything, we know the exterior shows nice height, as the building likely hits its zenith at about 90 feet.
The second photo is of the under-construction Wedgewood Academic Center on the Belmont University campus and facing Wedgewood Avenue. The perspective is from 15th and Acklen avenues. Of note, BU officials will host a topping out ceremony today at 1 p.m. at the site.
The U.S. Army’s Forward Surgical Team display — a field medical tent recreating an actual emergency/operating room — will be displayed on the Lipscomb University campus, in McQuiddy Gym, on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The LU Veterans Services Office, sponsor of the event, will have information available on scholarships and student loan repayment.
The public is invited to visit the display, showcasing the technology, advancement and flexibility of medicine in the military.
Military experts will be on site to show and explain the equipment used by first responders in deployed locations or during natural emergencies.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (left) and Gov. Bill Haslam (right) kicked off the week at Nashville State’s southeast campus launching a program aimed at giving every public school student a free ride to community college or technology center.
Here are three things to take away:
1.) Under the program — named nashvilleAchieves — every single high school student who can’t afford to pay for college can get the tab picked up, although the program is focused on first-generation, low-income students. The idea is an extension of the tnAchieves program now live in 26 other counties. The move is an attempt to move the needle on both Dean’s and Haslam’s goals to increase college graduation rates. Fewer than a third of Tennessee adults have a post-secondary degree, according to Haslam. And in Davidson County, some 34 percent of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and just over 50 percent have at least an Associate’s Degree, according to the mayor’s office.
2.) The program is a public-private partnership and Mayor Karl Dean is calling on the business community and philanthropists to pitch in. Supporters have raised some $1 million to launch the program and Dean said the city would plug in $750,000 over the next two years. The price tag is estimated at $745,000 for year one, and $1.25 million for year two. Dean is asking for donations to the effort, but is pushing hard for metro employees and the business community to volunteer as mentors to high school seniors to keep students on track.
3.) This program has the fingerprints of Randy Boyd all over it. Boyd is a Knoxville businessman behind Radio Systems, a company headquartered in Knoxville that produces technology-based pet products including the Invisible Fence. Boyd founded knoxAchieves in 2008 and helped launch tnAchieves a year later. Haslam tapped him in January to work as a special advisor for higher education, an unpaid position. According to the mayor’s office, Boyd is covering the overhead program costs privately.
AT&T says it has eliminated the black (and gold?) service hole at Vanderbilt University Medical Center by installing a new 4G LTE-capable Distributed Antenna System.
The DAS contains 1250 antennas providing enhanced network coverage to 11 facilities at the campus covering more than 4.9M square feet of space. The facilities include Vanderbilt Hospital, Monroe Carell Jr. Childen’s Hospital, Medical Center East North Tower, Medical Center North, The Vanderbilt Clinic, Medical Center East South Tower, Preston Cancer Research, Medical Research Building 3, Medical Research Building 4 and the Medical Arts Building.
AT&T invested nearly $1.4 billion in its Tennessee wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.
A DAS installation consists of multiple strategically-placed antennas that distribute AT&T’s wireless network coverage throughout the Medical Center’s campus providing for more efficient management of wireless capacity in heavily-trafficked areas. DAS has the ability to provide enhanced, more consistent wireless coverage to customers in indoor or outdoor spaces where geographical limitations – terrain, building construction, etc. – or crowd density might otherwise prevent the optimal wireless experience.
James R. Surface, professor of management, emeritus, at Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management, died Aug. 1 in Nashville. He was 92. A former executive vice chancellor and provost of the university, Surface was an original Owen faculty member. Read more here at vanderbilt.edu.