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TICUA Honors Senator Lamar Alexander


Nashville, TN – On February 19, 2008 during its annual membership meeting, the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) honored U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for his considerable support of higher education issues.


The TICUA annual meeting provides presidents from the State’s private colleges and universities an opportunity to share ideas about initiatives and issues in higher education. Items on the agenda for this year’s meeting included environmental stewardship, business continuity planning, and creation of new academic programs. Dr. David Warren, President of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities provided an overview of the status of the reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Act (HEA).


Senator Alexander has been a strong proponent for passage of HEA, including provisions that would reduce federal regulation in higher education and seeks to help students afford a college education. In recognition of his work on this act, and for his support of private higher education in general, TICUA held a reception in his honor. At the reception, Dr. Warren praised Alexander’s commitment to higher education, "In all my years of working in Washington, there are few Senators who have such a well-reasoned and comprehensive grasp on the issue of higher education as does Senator Alexander.  He has been a great ally."


Dr. Claude Pressnell, President of TICUA, further commended Alexander, “Senator Alexander has been a strong supporter of the private higher education sector. He has continually advocated for legislation that keeps higher education affordable for all students. Students from Tennessee will benefit from the work that Alexander has done on the HEA.”


“Alexander’s experience as Tennessee’s Governor, UT’s President, and the US Secretary of Education have contributed to his common-sense approach to federal higher education policy.  He knows that independence, not regulation, is a key ingredient to making higher education stronger,” commented Rhodes College President Dr. William Troutt.


The annual meeting was February 19-20 at the Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville. Representatives from 30 private institutions participated.


In fall 2007, private colleges and universities in the state enrolled more than 66,500 students.  TICUA engages Tennessee's private colleges and universities to work collaboratively in areas of public policy, cost containment, and professional development to serve better the State and its citizens.  For more information about TICUA, please visit our website at www.ticua.org