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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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State Budget Passes; Includes Full Investment for UT Health Science Center

Last week, the Tennessee General Assembly approved a $56.2B budget for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 before adjourning for the year. The final budget as approved by the legislature contains hard-fought investments and authorizations benefitting University of Tennessee campuses. Thank you to all the UT Advocates who reached out to state leaders in support of these budget … Continued

State Approves $12.5M for UT Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) Meat Lab

The state’s Financial Stimulus Accountability Group (FSAG) approved $12.5M for a new meat lab facility focused on workforce development, education, research, and training last week. The University of Tennessee partnered with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Farm Bureau, and other key agriculture stakeholders to advocate for this state-of-the-art meat processing Extension, teaching, and research facility. … Continued

Senate Education Committee Votes to Support Increased UT Health Science Center Funding

UT President Randy Boyd presented at the University’s budget hearing in the Senate Education Committee meeting on March 8. During his remarks, President Boyd thanked Gov. Bill Lee for including state employee salary pool increases and performance-based higher education formula funding in the Administration’s budget. He also outlined the UT budget priorities the University is … Continued

President Randy Boyd Testifies at House Budget Hearing

The House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee held budget hearings for public higher education institutions and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission on February 15. UT President Randy Boyd testified on behalf of the University of Tennessee, providing an update about the System and outlining UT funding priorities. He began his budget testimony by thanking the … Continued

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