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Board of Trustees Meeting Feb. 25-27

February 19, 2009

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees and five of its committees
will meet Feb. 25-27 in Memphis.

The full board will hold its winter meeting at 1 p.m. CST, Friday, Feb.
27, at the UT Health Science Center in the O.D. Larry Dining Hall in the
Student Alumni Center.

There will be Webcasts of the Finance and Administration Committee
meeting on Thursday, Feb. 26, and the full board meeting. To view the
Webcasts and other budget-related resources, visit

To view an agenda and supporting materials, visit

Agenda items include:

  • Presidential transition: Acceptance of John Petersen's resignation,
    approval of severance terms and conditions, and appointment of Jan Simek
    as acting president and then interim president
  • President Petersen's report on the current status of the University,
    including budget preparations
  • Approval of the revised budget for FY 2008-09
  • Implementation of a voluntary retirement incentive program for UT
    Institute of Agriculture staff
  • Consolidation of the UT Knoxville College of Social Work by closing the
    MSSW program location in Memphis
  • Approval of a procedural framework for academic program discontinuance
  • Awarding of honorary degrees to retired Gen. Burwell B. Bell and Dolly

Also at this board meeting:

The Finance and Administration Committee will hear details of the
proposed budget reductions at each campus and institute. The board will
approve the final budget and any possible tuition increases at its
meeting in June.

The Academic Affairs and Student Success Committee will hear a report
from Vice President Bonnie Yegidis on academic programs that have been
identified by campuses and institutes for consolidation, review and
possible discontinuance. The names of those academic programs are
included in the board materials, but being listed does not mean action
will be taken on those programs. It means only that those programs will
be considered for the proposed action. A procedure approved by the board
will be used to review programs and make decisions. Recommendations for
programs to be discontinued will be presented to the board for action in

The Research, Outreach and Economic Development Committee will hear
reports from Executive Vice President David Millhorn about the Cherokee
Farm master plan and the potential benefits to UT from the federal
stimulus plan.

Here is the schedule for the committee meetings:

  • Audit Committee, 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, Student Alumni Center Room
    204, 800 Madison Ave.
  • Finance and Administration, 8 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, O.D. Larry
    Dining Hall, Student Alumni Center.
  • Advancement and Public Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, O.D.
    Larry Dining Hall, Student Alumni Center.
  • Research, Outreach and Economic Development, 8 a.m., Friday, Feb. 27,
    Freeman Auditorium, Hamilton Eye Institute, 930 Madison Ave.
  • Academic Affairs and Student Success, 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 27, O.D.
    Larry Dining Hall, Student Alumni Center.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Davis, (865) 974-5179,