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News from TBR: 2018 Annl. Mtng. Highlights; Haslam 2018 Legislative Agenda

Haslam, McQueen, New Members Highlight TBR 2018 Annual Meeting

Governor Bill Haslam received TBR’s Gordon Fee Leadership in Education Award at our Annual Meeting. TBR’s Executive Committee voted unanimously to bestow on him our Roundtable’s highest honor, which has now been awarded only six times since its inception in 2008 and is now named after longtime TBR member leader Gordon Fee.

  1. In his acceptance remarks, Gov. Haslam told TBR’s business leaders that the most important thing they can do to ensure lasting educational progress in Tennessee is to “keep on doing what you’re doing”—providing a voice for Tennessee’s business community in support of education and other policy improvements.

  1. TN Dept. of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen updated Annual Meeting attendees on Tennessee’s progress in implementing her department’s strategic plan for K-12 education, TN Succeeds.  Click here to view/download Commissioner McQueen’s update.

  2. Eight of TBR’s newest members were welcomed and recognized by TBR Officers and members at a pre-meeting dinner on Jan. 31, and at the start of Feb. 1’s Annual Meeting:

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  1. TN Higher Education Commission Exec. Director Mike Krause talked with Annual Meeting attendees on the topic of Building the Workforce of 2025Click here to view/download a copy of Mr. Krause’s update on TN’s public higher ed system.

  1. TBR’s 2017 Chair Margaret O. Dolan (President & CEO, LocalShares, LLC, Nashville) was recognized for her leadership of our Roundtable during a year of significant change in 2017, highlighted by the addition of ten new TBR members and the Roundtable’s very successful Gubernatorial Round-Robin event last September.  Click here if you’d like to add your own thanks to Margaret.

  1. TN SCORE President David Mansouri rounded out our 2018 Annual Meeting by sharing SCORE’s most recent voter polling on education and discussing its Excellence For All report—with a focus on its fourth recommendation: Ensure High School Is The On-Ramp To Postsecondary Study And Work.

  2. Connect with TBR on Social Media to see our 2018 Annual Meeting posts:

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Following State of State Address, Haslam Announces 2018 Legislative Agenda

Key Initiatives:  College Completion; Juvenile Justice; UT Board Reform; Combating Opioid Abuse

Gov. Haslam’s Final State of the State Address Focuses on Jobs, Education, Gov’t Efficiency

Gov. Haslam’s Final State of the State Address Focuses on Jobs, Education, Gov’t Efficiency

“I’m asking you to stand with me to ensure that we don’t back up now. Not now. Not this year. Not next year. Not ever.”

–Governor Haslam, during his State of the State address, calling upon the General Assembly to sustain the state’s progress on education.



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