Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association to Honor Governor
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) presented Governor Bill Haslam the William Baird/Harold Bradley Leadership Award for Excellence in Higher Education Policy during the TICUA Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. This is the highest award given by the Association. The Baird/Bradley Leadership Award is named for former Tennessee State legislators, Senator William Baird and Representative Harold Bradley, who were instrumental in developing state financial aid programs for college students.
TICUA President Dr. Claude O. Pressnell, Jr. is excited about the Governor’s role in leading the State’s education policy. “Early on, Governor Haslam has proven his dedication to college students and ensuring that the financial resources are available to allow them to concentrate on their studies. I know that in the coming years, the Governor will continue place a priority on student aid programs that make college affordable for all Tennesseans.”
In his first year as Governor, Haslam initiated a change in the State’s education lottery scholarship that allowed students to receive the scholarship during the summer session. This change will encourage students to attend school during the summer sessions and can ultimately decrease time to graduation and increase the number of Tennesseans with a post-secondary credential, both goals of the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010. Extending summer eligibility also will enable institutions of higher education to better utilize their buildings and campuses throughout the course of the year.
TICUA Board Chair and Trevecca Nazarene University President Dr. Dan Boone also indicated his support of Haslam’s higher education policy. “Governor Haslam understands that for the State to reach its goals concerning an educated citizenry, Tennessee’s private colleges and universities must be a part of the solution.”
Pressnell added, “Tennessee’s private non-profit colleges enroll over 76,000 students and award over 17,000 degrees a year and thus are an important part of the state’s higher education landscape. TICUA and its members look forward to a strong relationship with the Governor and other state leaders in continuing to educate Tennesseans.”
About the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association
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 www.ticua.org