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Papasan Institute

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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 PPI 2012 Jackson TN

L to R: TCSO Lt. John Weatherly, Kevin Roper of the University of Memphis, Mike Dunavant, and TCSO Captain Shannon Beasley. Photo Jackson Sun

                                       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.



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