The late U.S. Senator Howard Baker said it best, “If we cannot be civil to one another, and if we stop dealing with those with whom we disagree… we would soon stop functioning altogether.”
At the start of each year we reflect on where we are as a University, and how we can help to solve grand challenges facing the people of Tennessee, our country, and our world.
As we begin a new year, I am reflecting on the great progress we have made as a state toward the Drive to 55 and the University of Tennessee System’s contribution toward it.
Beginning in August, I’ll be traveling the state learning and celebrating all the ways UT serves the state of Tennessee as part of the “Everywhere you look, UT” tour.
The University of Tennessee averages approximately 1,140 veterans, service members, dependents and reservists who serve as students on our campuses across the state. And, our efforts around educating military-affiliated students are getting noticed on a national level.
Our dream of providing greater access to a UT degree took a major step forward when Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee included funding in his proposed budget to go toward UT’s successful acquisition of Martin Methodist College, the 150-year old private college located in Giles County.
A partnership with Martin Methodist College isn’t just a nice thing to do, it’s a must do.
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Tennessee Manufacturers Association, and the Alliance for Better Nonprofits have partnered with us to create a series of webinars for businesses and nonprofits geared toward tackling common issues faced during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Without a doubt, 2020 has been a year of great adversity. Some may be running low on energy or drive, or overwhelmed with problems, as COVID-19 has severely disrupted the way we work, live and play. As a result of our current COVID climate, UT is seeking to solve our state’s most complex problems.
The 45 words of the First Amendment encapsulate the liberty we cherish. You cannot be supporters of freedom of speech and assembly of only ideas with which you agree and only people with whom you agree.