NASHVILLE—The UT Advocacy Council met for their annual winter meeting this past Saturday, February 2. Despite inclement weather, more than 100 University of Tennessee advocates from across the state met to discuss a number of legislative issues facing the University and how they could help.
Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) delivered the keynote address, where he discussed the necessity of quality higher education for a prosperous Tennessee. Senator Tracy also issued a challenge to each of the meeting participants: Contact and get to know their legislators on a personal level to strengthen the influence that they can have in state government.
Following Senator Tracy’s address, the UT Office of Government Relations and Advocacy staff held a panel discussion on current legislative issues that will impact the University and hosted questions from the Advocacy Council members. The lively discussion revealed strong constituent support for the University and rapidly growing interest in advocacy.
After the meeting’s adjournment, advocates enjoyed a reception at the Governor’s Executive Residence. The reception was held in memory of Mr. Emmett Edwards, the Alumni Legislative Council’s most recent Chairman. Special guests included Governor Bill Haslam, Senator Jim Tracy, and UT President DiPietro.
We would like to thank the Advocacy Council members for their service, support, and commitment to higher education in Tennessee. We would also like to thank Governor Bill Haslam and Senator Jim Tracy for their participation, meaningful support, and service to the State.