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 working to secure in the budget amendment. As a reminder, these include:

  • $10.7M in new recurring funds to help sustain UT Health Science Center operations.
  • $57.6M state investment for a business building at UT Chattanooga that intends to leverage a $30M private gift.
  • $124.9M state investment for a new chemistry building at UT Knoxville to accommodate student growth.
  • $23.6M for a gross anatomy lab at the UT Health Science Center.

After President Boyd’s presentation, Sen. Ferrell Haile (R-Gallatin) motioned for the Senate Education Committee to recommend that $10.7M recurring be appropriated in the state budget to the UT Health Science Center for operational funding. Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) seconded the motion, and the Committee unanimously voted in support.

The University of Tennessee is grateful for the Senate Education Committee members and their recognition of the important role the UT Health Science Center plays in training Tennessee’s healthcare workforce. Please consider reaching out to the Senate Education Committee members to help us thank them for their support.