Exceptions to The University of Tennessee's administrative travel policy must now be personally approved by either the president or chief financial officer and reported to the Board of Trustees.
A memorandum released by Eli Fly, chief financial officer, detailed the changes.
One UT travel policy, 070, outlines reimbursement procedures on supplements for meals, lodging and transportation on officially-sanctioned university trips. Yet, there is a supplement for senior-level administrators.
The university treasurer, Charles M. Peccolo, approves exceptions to policy 070. This policy applies to faculty and staff, according to Linda Marion, policy coordinator in the office of Audit and Consulting Services.
The extension of that policy, Supplement 1, went into effect on Nov. 15, 2003, and applies to top administrators. The president and CFO now sign travel exceptions for this supplement. All presidential travel exceptions are then reported to the Audit Committee of the UT Board of Trustees, a committee created after former UT President John W. Shumaker's resignation, Marion said.
This Board committee formed last fall in response to recommendations by the Governance Task Force, a special group commissioned by Gov. Phil Bredesen to review the Shumaker audit.
Mark Paganelli, Executive Director of Audit and Consulting Services, reported travel policy changes to the Governance Task Force in its first meeting last fall. The president will be reimbursed for travel expenses in the same manner as all other employees, was part of Paganelli's first announced alteration of university procedure.
Prior to this policy change, exceptions were approved by the vice president for budget and finance, according to Marion.
Supplement 1 details monetary stipends for in-state, out-of-state and international travel. Nightly lodging stipends for top administrators begin at 77 dollars in-state and reach a maximum of 200 dollars for New York and foreign cities.
Published: Tue Jan 13, 2004 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:41 p.m.