Tennessee lawmakers return to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, January 14 at noon CST for the second year of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. The 2020 legislative session is anticipated to move quickly toward an early adjournment as lawmakers begin campaigning for the 2020 elections. 2020 will be the last time that members run prior to … Continued


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

Higher Education Funding

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


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

State Issues