Legislation Would Transfer the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute to UT’s Institute for Public Service

Category: State Issues

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HB2198/SB1842 by Rep. Tilman Goins (R-Morristown) and Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) would transfer the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (TFLI) to the UT Institute for Public Service, making a number of organizational changes and renaming the entity “The Tennessee Language Center.” The move would make the entity an official part of the University of Tennessee.

Under key amendatory language, the measure would eliminate TFLI’s governing board, transfer any resources and assets to the University of Tennessee, and tailor the mission of the Tennessee Language Center to providing language services to state and local government entities in support of industrial recruitment, economic development, and provision of government services.  The changes present the acquisition of the Center an exciting opportunity for the UT Institute for Public Service to further its mission and work in the State of Tennessee.

If passed, the legislation will go into effect on July 1, 2018.

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