UT Martin Advisory Board to hold first meeting Jan. 9

A new advisory board for the University of Tennessee at Martin, created by the UT FOCUS Act passed by the state legislature in 2018, will hold its first meeting beginning at 1 p.m. CST, Jan. 9, in room 206 of the UT Martin Boling University Center. One member unable to be present will participate by telephone.

Agenda items include:

  • Review of UT FOCUS Act legislation and the role of the advisory board
  • Adoption of bylaws
  • Election of a chair
  • Appointment of a student board member
  • Election of a secretary
  • Discussion of future dates for regular board meetings
  • Discussion of the UT Martin strategic plan, student profileand impact study

Each UT campus across the state will be served by an advisory board comprised of five public members, one faculty member and one student member. The following UT Martin Advisory Board members were appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam, confirmed by the General Assembly and announced late last year:

  • Hal Bynum, of Sharon, Nutrien Ag Solutions Inc.
  • Monice Hagler, of Memphis; The Hagler Law Group, PLLC, and Archway Title and Escrow, LLC; UT Martin ’75, UT Knoxville ‘78
  • Art Sparks, of Union City, Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC, UT Martin ‘76
  • Kyle Spurgeon, of Jackson, Jackson Chamber of Commerce
  • Julia Wells, of Bells, The Pictsweet Company, UT Knoxville ‘61

UT Martin’s faculty representative elected by the Faculty Senate is Dr. Chris Caldwell, professor of mathematics and past president of the UT Martin Faculty Senate. Caldwell will serve a two-year term.

The full agenda and associated meeting materials are available by contacting Erin Chesnut, university staff writer, at echesnut@utm.edu, 731-881-7612 or 304 Hall-Moody Administration Building, Martin, TN 38238.

Requests to address the board may be submitted using the online form or pdf at utm.edu/advisoryboard. Requests will be accepted until 5 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, Jan. 8. Persons who have preregistered to speak will be scheduled to speak in a committee meeting or the full board meeting on a first-come, first-served basis. Speakers will be limited to five minutes each, and the total time available for speakers will be 30 minutes.

Anyone with a disability who wishes to attend this meeting may contact Chesnut to request auxiliary aids or services needed to facilitate attendance. Contact may be made in person, by writing, by email, by telephone or otherwise and should be received no later than 5 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, Jan. 8.

The University of Tennessee at Martin distributes this notice to all faculty and staff as part of its compliance with the adequate public notice requirement of state open meetings law.



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