Joe DiPietro, president of the University of Tennessee, knows it’s expected that he or a UT lobbyist will walk into the office of a legislator and advocate for the university. But when alumni and other constituents show up, their presence adds another level of credibility and influence, DiPietro said. To increase that influence, the system … Continued

In the Press

UT Testifies on HOPE Scholarship Changes for ROTC Cadets

Wednesday, the House Education Instruction and Program Subcommittee passed a bill that could change the way HOPE scholarship hours are calculated for ROTC students in Tennessee. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge), would address problems in the HOPE hours calculation that cause some STEM-major ROTC cadets to lose eligibility for the state-sponsored … Continued

State Issues

What Will UT Advocate in 2014?

The 108th Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes for its second legislative session on January 14, 2014.  Lower than expected state revenue collections—a factor that will certainly weigh heavily on lawmakers as they consider a state budget—precede the upcoming session.  Year-to-date revenue collections are $171.1 million below budgeted estimates. This session also leads up to the 2014 … Continued

State Issues