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Our UT Advocates are thousands of alumni, employees, students and friends who believe in the University’s value to all Tennesseans and share that message with elected officials. We believe that your voice matters, and together, we can make a difference. Become an advocate today.


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UT Day on the Hill Showcases “Innovation Changing Lives”

  Flying drones with your mind, a 3D-printed autonomous vehicle, and data making cities smarter and traffic safer are only a few examples of how the University of Tennessee is using innovation to change lives across the state. With all UT campuses and institutes playing a vital role in bettering the lives of Tennesseans, eight … Continued


UT Leaders Advocate for Priorities on Capitol Hill

  First Day of Session UT Interim President Randy Boyd and UT Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman were on hand in Nashville to welcome members back for the legislative session. The two leaders made numerous visits on Tuesday, Jan. 14 to advocate for funding for the Oak Ridge Institute (ORI) and the UT Institute of Agriculture … Continued


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Lawmakers return for 2020 legislative session

  Tennessee lawmakers return to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, January 14 at noon CST for the second year of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. The 2020 legislative session is anticipated to move quickly toward an early adjournment as lawmakers begin campaigning for the 2020 elections. 2020 will be the last time that members run prior to … Continued


President Boyd Testifies at Governor’s Budget Hearing

UT Interim President Randy Boyd testified at Governor Bill Lee’s higher education budget hearings today, highlighting FY20-21 funding recommendations made by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).  The recommendations include fully funding the state’s performance-based formula at $38 million to recognize improved outcomes at public higher education institutions, as well as a key request aimed at … Continued


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