UTHSC to hold inaugural advisory board meeting in Nashville

By Updated: January 09, 2019 1:10 PM CT | Published: January 07, 2019 5:49 PM CT

Update: The first meeting of the new advisory board for UTHSC, which was scheduled to take place in Nashville Jan. 10, has been canceled. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

The newly created advisory board that will solely focus on the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will soon hold its first meeting.

The board is the result of the University of Tennessee Focusing on Campus and University Success (FOCUS) Act passed by the state Legislature in 2018, which reduced and restructured the University of Tennessee board of trustees and created advisory boards for each main UT campus.   

The UT FOCUS Act was sponsored by Rep. David Hawk and then Sen. Mark Norris of Shelby County, who is now a U.S. District Court Judge and member of the new advisory board.

“This restructuring will improve the effectiveness of the board and positively impact the multiple campuses that comprise the UT system,” Gov. Bill Haslam said about passage of the bill in 2018. “Additionally, the advisory boards will create a culture of creativity at the campus level, and will allow each of the boards to respond nimbly to the needs of their respective institutions.”

The UT FOCUS Act followed the FOCUS Act, an effort spearheaded by the University of Memphis to break away from the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) and have local, more focused governance.  

The FOCUS Act passed in 2016, creating local governing boards for six of TBR’s four-year universities, including the U of M. 

The University of Memphis board of trustees held its inaugural meeting March 17, 2017.   

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) advisory board was scheduled to hold its inaugural meeting in Nashville on Jan. 10 beginning at 7 a.m. in the boardroom of Delta Dental of Tennessee. 

The meeting has since been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date, UTHSC announced Wednesday, Jan. 9. 

Agenda items include the adoption of bylaws, election of a board chair and secretary, appointment of the initial student member, setting of future meeting dates, a presentation on the state of UTHSC orientation and a discussion about potential agenda items at future meetings.

Each UT campus advisory board consists of five public members, one faculty member and one student member.

The following UTHSC advisory board members were appointed by Haslam and confirmed by the General Assembly last year:

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Norris, Collierville

Michael Ugwueke, president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Germantown

Vicky Gregg, a principal with Guidon Partners, Chattanooga

Dr. Lynn Massingale, co-founder of TeamHealth, Knoxville

Dr. Phil Wenk, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Tennessee, Brentwood.


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Michelle Corbet

Michelle Corbet

Michelle Corbet covers business for The Daily Memphian. Prior to, she was a reporter at the Memphis Business Journal. A native Memphian and University of Memphis graduate, Michelle covered business in Conway, Arkansas after college. Michelle got her start covering business as an intern at The Commercial Appeal.

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