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Melvin Johnson to Retire as President of Tennessee State University

Chancellor Charles Manning announced today that he has accepted the retirement of Melvin Johnson as president of Tennessee State University effective January 1, 2011. Johnson cited family and personal reasons for his decision to step down from the presidency. According to Manning, “Melvin Johnson is a hard-working man of great integrity, and he has been a pleasure to work with. We respect his decision to retire from the presidency at TSU and return to the classroom.”

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Tennessee Board of Regents 2009 Fall Enrollment Highest Ever

Chancellor Charles Manning announced today that the Tennessee Board of Regents system is experiencing a substantial increase in its fall enrollment. “In fact, the system is experiencing the highest enrollment in its history” said Manning. “We are now educating and providing training for over 200,000 citizens across the state. Reaching this significant milestone gives us a greater opportunity to make real strides in raising the educational attainment level of Tennessee.”

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Perry County REAP Program Ready for Business

The Regents Educational Assistance Program (REAP) in Perry County will be up and running full speed on July 27. The program is designed to provide displaced workers living in Perry County with one year’s free tuition at Columbia State Community College, Nashville State Community College, or the Tennessee Technology Technology Center at Hohenwald. Any Perry County resident who is unemployed and not currently enrolled at any other public or private educational institution (including high school, proprietary school, college or university) is eligible for the free tuition program.

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Tuition Increases Approved by Board

The Tennessee Board of Regents today voted to approve tuition increases that will result in additional revenue of 7.1% at the University of Memphis, an average of 6.1% at the five TBR state universities (APSU, ETSU, MTSU, TSU, and TTU), an average of 5.5% at the state’s community colleges, and 5.5% at the technology centers. Except at the technology centers, where the 5.5% is an across-the-board tuition increase, these are tuition REVENUE increases, NOT tuition increases.

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Dale Sims Named Interim Vice Chancellor

Chancellor Charles Manning today announced that Dale Sims has agreed to serve as interim Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance at the Tennessee Board of Regents. The former occupant of that position, Bob Adams, has accepted a new position in Arkansas and his last day at TBR was January 14. Sims is the former Tennessee State Treasurer, a position he had held from 2003 until January 15, 2009.

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Board Approves Changes in Personnel Policy

Meeting in special telephonic session, the Tennessee Board of Regents on January 14 took up amendments to the General Personnel Policy, policy 5:01:00:00, an agenda item postponed from the December 3 regular quarterly meeting. The board voted unanimously to approve the policy as amended (attached). Under the new policy, in times of severe state budget shortfall or impoundment, the chancellor has the authority to approve requests from TBR institutions to reduce compensation, mandate furloughs without pay, and/or reduce the amount of time worked.

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Chancellor Manning Announces Retirement

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Charles Manning today announced he will retire as chancellor at the end of FY 2008-2009, with his resignation becoming effective June 30, 2009. In a prepared statement he read to the board at its quarterly meeting today, Manning said, “I recently heard Governor Bredesen make a point in a speech I very much appreciated: he said he is seeking at the end of his term to leave Tennessee with higher expectations of itself and what it can accomplish.

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Board Approves Tuition Increases

The Tennessee Board of Regents today voted unanimously to increase tuition at five TBR universities (APSU, ETSU, MTSU, TSU, and TTU) by 6% beginning this fall, with tuition at the University of Memphis increasing by 7%. A 6% tuition increase will also go into effect at all community colleges and technology centers. Tuition at the U of M Law School will increase by 14%, at the ETSU school of medicine by 5%, and at the ETSU School of Pharmacy by 9%.

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