Gov. Bill Lee visits UTM campus

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee visited the University of Tennessee at Martin on July 2 to hear updates about university programs.

Also visiting the main campus were Tennessee state Rep. Tandy Darby (R-District 76) and state Senator John Stevens (R-District 24).

The visit began at the Latimer-Smith Engineering and Science Building, where the governor and Chancellor Yancy Freeman had a one-on-one meeting.

After that, Lee held a round-table meeting with Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, dean of the College of Business and Global Affairs; Dr. Todd Winters, dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences; Alisha Melton, executive director of the Office of Research, Outreach, and Economic Development; Landy Fuqua, director of the Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (REED) Center; Staci Fuqua, director of the Educator Preparation Program and Accreditation; and Dr. Amanda Batts, associate professor in the Department of Educational Studies.

The visit concluded with a tour of the Business Administration Building led by Freeman and Tootoonchi.

“Great to visit West TN’s @UTMartin to see how this university is preparing students with critical skills for careers in agriculture, business & beyond,” the governor posted on his official X account.

PHOTO: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (front right) walks through the quad and speaks with Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, dean of the College of Business and Global Affairs during a visit July 2. They are accompanied by several UTM administrators and representatives from the Office of the Governor.

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