Gov. Bill Haslam giving the 100th Commencement Address
At the State level, the Office of Government Relations works with all elected officials
and General Assembly staff to fund major projects for the University. We assist the
Tennessee Board of Regents on legislative projects including changes to higher education
tuition, the Hope Scholarship Program, and the Chairs of Excellence Program. The
office also pursues state contracts for government consulting projects for University
faculty. The Office hosts several luncheons for the Shelby County Delegation in Nashville
during legislative session. Each luncheon features faculty and their research as
it pertains to State policy.
Biochemistry & Biology Building
The 65,000 square foot research building received $1.2 million in planning funds for
the building in anticipation of bond funding for FY12.
University of Memphis Lambuth
The University of Memphis received $4 million in operating funds for the Lambuth
Campus in Jackson. This is part of a four-year agreement to fund operating expenses
for this campus.
The University of Memphis, in collaboration with Memphis and Shelby County Schools,
secured $1.850 million for two years from the Tennessee Department of Education for
a state-funded Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Hub. This
grant will provide technical assistance and resources to help public school districts
throughout West Tennessee.
The University of Memphis worked with the Tennessee Department of the Treasury in
the development of the SmartTennessee program. Through the leadership of Treasurer
David Lillard, the University secured an additional $150,000 to be matched by $100,000
by First Tennessee. The program, which is in its 6th year, has already trained teachers
in over 150 schools across Tennessee.
West Tennessee Seismic Safety Commission
In its seventh year, the West Tennessee Seismic Safety Commission, administered from
the Office of Government Relations, received $65,000 to continue to administer the
program for the State of Tennessee.