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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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General Assembly Finishes Its Work: Provides UT with Historic Funding Level

The legislature completed its work for the First Session of the 111th General Assembly on May 2.  In a successful year for the University of Tennessee, the legislature fully funded the higher education performance formula that, when combined with other funding received, provided the largest state appropriation in UT’s history (over $643 million). The state … Continued


Budget Season In Full Swing

Budget hearings continued again this week, with UT presenting budget testimony before the House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee.  During the hearing, the following “good news” was shared.  Echoing these points to your local delegations is helpful as budget decisions will be made in the coming months.   The State of UT is strong. Tuition … Continued

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Sports Authority Legislation Passes on House and Senate Floors

Legislation designating public university athletics venues as “sports authorities” for purposes of selling alcohol at special events passed by wide margins on the Senate and House Floors this week. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) and Sen. Becky Duncan Massey (R-Knoxville), is supported by the University of Tennessee.  The main purpose behind the … Continued

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