Scenes from the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees meeting rehearsal in Hollingsworth Auditorium on the UT Institute of Agriculture campus in Knoxville, Tenn., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (Adam Brimer / The University of Tennessee)

UT Board of Trustees to hold special meeting Dec. 9

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. EST/2:30 p.m. CST on Dec. 9.

Following continued guidance by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding COVID-19 and in compliance with the Tennessee Pledge and local guidelines, the meeting will be held virtually with all board members participating electronically or by telephone. Interested individuals are encouraged to watch the meeting online. The meeting will be webcast live and archived for later viewing; a link to the webcast will be available at

Agenda items include:

  • Appointment of Carey Whitworth as vice president of government relations and advocacy
  • Reduction in UT Knoxville spring 2021 housing rates
  • Revisions to the board Policies Governing Academic Freedom, Responsibility and Tenure
  • Potential acquisition of Martin Methodist College

The agenda and meeting materials have been posted to the board website and are accessible at:

The board’s Standing Rule Governing Requests to Address the Board has been extended to provide an opportunity to address the board as to matters on the agenda for the special meeting. Requests to address the board may be submitted using the online form or the pdf at: Requests will be accepted until 5 p.m. EST on Monday, Dec. 7. While the board’s Standing Rule will apply, given the current environment regarding COVID-19, accommodations will be granted to allow for remote participation by scheduled speakers.

Anyone with a disability or otherwise needing assistance in connection with this virtual meeting may contact the individuals listed below to request auxiliary aids or services needed to facilitate attendance. Contact may be made in writing, by email, or by telephone and should be received no later than 5 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Dec. 8.

The University of Tennessee System 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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