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.