In 2007, the University of Memphis, in partnership with the Tennessee Board of Regents,
established the Papasan Public Policy Institute, in honor of Larry Papasan. Larry
served as Chair of the Board of Visitors and Foundation Board of Trustees from 2003-2007.
During which, his leadership enhanced the reputation of the University. He is an
inspiration to us all, and because of his passion for the University, love of the
Memphis community, and devotion to education and scholarly engagement, it was fitting
to name this institute in his honor.
The Papasan Institute's goal is to foster information flow on key issues facing the
Tennessee State Legislature. Legislators and government officials will be invited
to listen to panel discussions comprised of key experts including corporate, government,
and academic professionals. At the end of the forum, time will be allotted for discussion
on the issue between the panel and the audience.
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L to R: TCSO Lt. John Weatherly, Kevin Roper of the University of Memphis, Mike Dunavant,
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2011 – 2012 Program Overview
The Papasan Public Policy Institute had a successful year of programming through
five forums hosted in Memphis, Nashville, and Jackson.
Created in 2007 from a partnership between the University of Memphis and the Tennessee
Board of Regents, the Institute was named in honor of Larry Papasan, who served as
Chair of the Board of Visitors and Foundation board of Trustees from 2003 – 2007.
The Institute's original mission was to foster information flow on key issues facing
the Tennessee State Legislature; however, this mission has been expanded over the
years to include business and community leaders, in addition to local government officials
throughout West Tennessee. Forums typically consist of panel discussions led by key
experts from the corporate, government, and academic professions, allowing time for
audience participation and discussion among panelists.
The Office of Government Relations has fully funded this program with private donations
and support from the Office of the President. This year, program sponsorships totaled
$25,000. We will continue to solicit sponsors each year based upon the forum topics
and event needs.