Published: May 3, 2021


OFFICIALS WITH THE UNIVERSITY TENNESSEE SYSTEM ANNOUNCED ON THURSDAY THAT THE TENNESSEE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSED THE FY21-22 BUDGET THAT INCLUDES MANY CRITICAL INVESTMENTS FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE SYSTEM, ITS CAMPUSES AND INSTITUTES. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE APPROVED BUDGET INCLUDES $5.1 MILLION RECURRING AND $1 MILLION NONRECURRING TO ADDRESS THE HIGHER EDUCATION DESERT IN SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE WITH THE ACQUISITION OF MARTIN METHODIST COLLEGE (MMC). THE UT BOARD OF TRUSTEES MUST GIVE ITS FINAL APPROVAL OF THIS ACQUISITION, WHICH IS SCHEDULED TO BE DISCUSSED AND VOTED ON DURING THE JUNE 24-25 MEETINGS. ADDITIONALLY, THE STATE BUILDING COMMISSION MUST APPROVE THE ACQUISITION. IF APPROVED, MARTIN METHODIST WOULD BECOME THE FOURTH UNDERGRADUATE CAMPUS IN THE UT SYSTEM AND THE FIRST NEW CAMPUS SINCE UT CHATTANOOGA JOINED 50 YEARS AGO.