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Committee on External Affairs

September 27, 2018



Legislative Priorities 2018 - 2019

(Vice Chancellor Kim McCormick)

Vice Chancellor McCormick will recap the Presidents Legislative Training that was held at the TBR

System Office on August 7, 2018. Regent Tom Griscom led the group discussions about the legislative

action in preparation for the next General Assembly.

The committee will receive an overview of the 2019 Legislative Priorities. These priorities were input

from TBR System Leadership and TBR Presidents. The Government Relations Division of the Office of

External Affairs will advocate on behalf of TBR to the members of the Tennessee General Assembly.

Legislative session will begin January 8, 2019. The Legislative Priorities are:


secure formula, capital

outlay, and equipment funding requests; (2) ensure the statewide, campus safety and security of TBR's

110,000+ students; (3) support efforts to expand college access to all Tennessee high school graduates

(4) ensure the system institutions are afforded the flexibility to be nimble in response to the continually

evolving educational demands required for student success; and (5) continue to thrive and grow as the

workforce development arm of Tennessee's Economic and Community Development Division.

Vice Chancellor McCormick will provide an overview of the TBR institutions legislative events held

during the 2018-2019 academic year. An event schedule will be disseminated to committee members.

2. Inaugural TBR SOAR Event

(Vice Chancellor Kim McCormick)

Vice Chancellor McCormick will provide an update on the planning activities for the inaugural TBR

Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR) event to be held March 19-20, 2019, in

Nashville, Tennessee. The local, regional, and statewide student, faculty, and staff competition events

will be detailed including the culmination recognition awards event.

Other Systemwide activities held during this event will be outlined including the TBR Legislative Day

on the Hill. A schedule of events will be disseminated to the committee members.