July 2003
Investigation of former President John Shumaker begins.

August 8, 2003
Shumaker submits his resignation to Gov. Phil Bredesen.

September 2003
Internal and state audits find improper spending by Shumaker.

November 2003
Campus open forums are conducted and meetings of Search Advisory Council Sub-committees take place. The Search Committee and Board of Trustees approve search procedures and president's position description. Applications and nominations are received.

January 2004
Advertisements are placed around the nation including those in The New York Times.

February 16, 2004
Search Advisory Council begins screening applications.

February 18 - April 5, 2004
Screening continues until candidates are selected for interviews by Search Advisory Council.

April 5, 2004
Search Advisory Council meets in Nashville and selects 12 candidates to be interviewed.

April 13 - 15, 2004
Search Advisory Council interviews candidates in Knoxville as three withdraw their names from consideration.

April 15, 2004
Search Advisory Council meets and recommends six finalists to be interviewed by Search Committee.

April 20, 2004
Search Committee meets in Knoxville to interview finalists and recommends three to Board of Trustees.

April 21, 2004
Board of Trustees meets in Knoxville to interview finalists recommended by Search Committee and names John Petersen as the 23rd president of The University of Tennessee.

July 1, 2004 President Petersen will assume duties.