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Motlow president resigns
Kinkel audited after numerous complaints about his behavior
Former Motlow College president Tony Kinkel is shown at his introduction ceremony on the McMinnville campus in August 2015. Kinkel resigned Tuesday.
Motlow College president Tony Kinkel resigned on Tuesday, a day before an audit was released depicting him as intimidating, manipulative and unreasonable.The internal audit released Wednesday was conducted by the Tennessee Board of Regents and based its findings on widespread interviews from staff member at all four Motlow campuses in Tullahoma, McMinnville, Fayetteville and Smyrna.Kinkel started Aug. 1, 2015 and had not even reached his two-year anniversary. During his brief tenure, the audit found 50 employees resigned, retired or were terminated.One former employee said he resigned for a lower paying job because he could not work with Kinkel. In another example, an administrator resigned without having another job.Very low morale was a serious concern for 85 percent of Motlow employees interviewed.According to the audit, “The climate and morale on all four campuses were described in negative terms by most employees interviewed.