Board of Regents

Democrats are urging the governor to head off college tuition hikes by calling lawmakers back to Nashville this summer, though their plea is not likely to prompt action. They say lawmakers should freeze college tuition rates as officials at the state’s Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees contemplate increasing college […]

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State of Tennessee Press Release; Sept. 6, 2011:  NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of Donald Lee Gatts III and Linda S. Weeks to the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) along with the reappointment of Tom Griscom. Gatts, the son of Tim and Angie Sells of Livingston and Donnie Gatts of […]

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Middle-income families are the ones facing the most pressure on tuition increases at state colleges and universities, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday. And he reiterated a theme he’s been hitting on a lot lately — that health care costs are the reason higher education is getting financially squeezed in Tennessee. Haslam was commenting on […]

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Irked by the non-appearance of a key member of the Tennessee Board of Regents during Senate hearings this week, education committee chairwoman Dolores Gresham says another round of inquiry into board activities is a possibility.

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The selection of a key Bredesen aide to head the state’s higher education system was a sound decision, even though the process to choose him has come under sharp criticism, board members told the Senate Education committee.

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TBR’s Batting Order

by Andrea Zelinski on September 28, 2010

Members of the Senate Education Committee are planning to play some hard ball with the Tennessee Board of Regents today and tomorrow. At issue is the board’s controversial appointment of Deputy Gov. John Morgan to the top spot overseeing the state’s higher education system. The Board hired the high-ranking Democrat last month without interviewing any […]

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Press Release from the Tennessee Democratic Party, September 13, 2010: Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s condescending remark about college professors should alarm voters across the state about the Republican commitment to education and job creation, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester said. Ramsey told Capitol Hill reporter Tom Humphrey that many in the academic world […]

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Senate Republicans say an overlooked passage in state law may jeopardize Deputy Gov. John Morgan’s controversial appointment as Tennessee higher ed chancellor. (UPDATED: Video comments from Gov. Bredesen included.)

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Press Release from Senate Republican Caucus; Sept. 7, 2010: (NASHVILLE, TN), September 7, 2010 – Senate Education Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) said today that the Senate Education Committee will hold hearings on September 28 and 29 regarding the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). Gresham scheduled the meeting after receiving a written request to conduct hearings […]

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The outgoing Democratic governor tells reporters he finds it “offensive” to suggest he rigged the selection process to ensure his deputy governor was appointed chancellor by the Board of Regents.

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Press Release from Senate Republican Caucus; Aug. 12, 2010: NASHVILLE, TN), August 12, 2010 — State Senators Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) said today they have asked Senate Education Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) to schedule a meeting of the Senate Education Committee “as soon as practicable” to hear testimony regarding the appointments of […]

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Press Release from Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville; Aug. 5, 2010: (NASHVILLE, TN), August 5, 2010 – Below please find the text of a letter sent to the 18 members of the Tennessee Board of Regents from Senate Education Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) regarding the position of Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents: “After reading […]

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