Legislative Plan May Give Tennessee State Independent Board of Trustees

By: Adam Tamburin – The Tennessean

Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday announced plans to overhaul the state’s public higher education system by creating independent governing boards for the six universities currently managed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

That would mean local boards at state universities such as Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University and Austin Peay State University would be able to set tuition rates, approve budgets and set priorities independently. The Board of Regents would continue to manage the state’s network of 13 community colleges and 27 technical colleges.

Haslam said splitting state universities off would allow the Board of Regents to put “concentrated focus” on the challenges at community and technical colleges while allowing the six universities to respond individually to “unique needs and regional economies.”

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