Senate Panel Zeros In on Diversity Funding at UT

Category: In the Press

Tennessee State Capitol Building on a cloudy day.

The Senate Higher Education Oversight Subcommittee convened yesterday to discuss diversity at the University of Tennessee, overall higher education governance, and to receive an update on the Tennessee Promise.  The Subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Joey Hensely (R-Hohenwald), spent the majority of their time diving into diversity efforts and associated spending at University of Tennessee campuses.

Members of the Subcommittee also include Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) and Sen. Reginald Tate (D-Memphis).  Additional members, including Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Memphis) and Representatives Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville) and John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge), joined the hearing to ask questions of University leadership.

A good recap of the hearing can be found here:

Lawmakers challenge UT’s diversity funding
by Adam Tamburin, The Tennessean

An archived video of the hearing should be available soon at

Hearings continue today, where the focus is expected to shift to topics such as campus safety and the higher education funding formula.

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