Governor Haslam Holds Higher Ed Discussion in Knoxville

Governor Bill Haslam’s third higher education discussion was held today in Knoxville.  The first two discussions, held at Northeast State Technical Community College and the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus, respectively, have focused primarily on workforce development.  Today’s discussion continued to mirror that theme.

Both UT Institute of Agriculture Chancellor Larry Arrington and UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek participated in the meeting, highlighting successful existing partnerships between industry and the University.  Concerns that arose at the meeting included the need to more effectively translate research and discovery into start-up ventures and jobs.

Although the Governor has mentioned that he will examine higher education cost structure and access, these areas were not discussed at today’s meeting.  Also absent from the conversation were any comments on higher education governance, making this the third consecutive discussion where the issue was not mentioned.

Additional information on this meeting can be found here.

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