Haslam shakeup of public universities gains final approval

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to spin off four-year public universities from the Tennessee Board of Regents system has gained final approval in the state Legislature.
    
The Senate vote 31-1 in favor of the measure on Monday, sending the bill to the governor’s desk.
    
Haslam’s plan calls for creating local boards for Austin Peay in Clarksville, East Tennessee in Johnson City, Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tennessee State in Nashville and the University of Memphis. Those boards would control budgets, tuition and the selection of college presidents.
    
Haslam has argued that the change will give the Tennessee Board of Regents a focus on guiding the state’s 40 two-year schools.
    
The House passed the measure on a 71-19 vote last month.

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