By Max Hrenda
After a misconduct investigation into a local college yielded two arrests — with more to come, according to law enforcement — the Tennessee Board of Regents sent a message to its faculty and staff about how such conduct will be handled.
On Thursday, TBR terminated the contracts of David Scott Simerly and Joe T. Churchwell after each was arrested and charged with crimes that either occurred within or were related to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Elizabethton.
As the investigation continues, Monica Greppin-Watts, communications director for TBR, which oversees 46 public higher learning institutions throughout the state, said that further acts of impropriety will not go unpunished.
“The vice-chancellor for our Tennessee College of Applied Technology (James D. King) did visit the campus (Wednesday) and spoke to faculty and staff there,” she said. “Any inappropriate behavior on our (TCAT) campuses is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”