UT chancellor lays out funding requests he’ll present to Legislature

By Megan Boehnke of the Knoxville News Sentinel Updated: 8:34 p.m. 0 University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said Monday he will ask the Legislature to fund a new engineering building, at least three new Governor’s Chair faculty members and a new data science doctoral program that will be housed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Cheek told faculty Monday that he is hopeful that the funding priorities will be well-received by Gov. Bill Haslam and the General Assembly despite a rocky session earlier this year in which lawmakers defunded UT’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion. “I don’t think we can project what the Legislature is going to consider next year, but we have certainly done everything they’ve asked us to do and required us to do,” Cheek said following his…


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