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Local News: Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Visits UT Martin Campus (11.07.24)
Local News: Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Visits UT Martin Campus (11.07.24)

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

Photo from the State Gazette/submitted

Special edition of the State Gazette

MARTIN, Tennessee – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee visited the University of Tennessee at Martin on July 2 to hear an update on university programs.

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

Taking time for a photo during Governor Bill Lee’s visit to the UT Martin campus on July 2 were (from left) State Rep. Tony Darby, State Senator John Stevens, Landy Fuqua, Director of the Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Center, Dr. Todd Winters, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, Governor Bill Lee, Chancellor Yancy Freeman, UTM First Lady Rafielle Freeman, Dr. Amanda Batts, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, Dean of the College of Business and Global Affairs, Staci Fuqua, Director of the Educator Preparation Program, Alisha Melton, Executive Director of the Office of Research, Outreach, and Economic Development, and Michael O’Neill, Director of the Department of Public Safety.

Photo from the State Gazette/submitted

The visit began at the Latimer-Smith Engineering and Science Building, where the Governor and Chancellor Yancy Freeman met for a personal meeting.

Lee then held a roundtable discussion 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 ended with a tour of the Business Administration Building led by Freeman and Tootoonchi.

“It was great to visit @UTMartin in West Tennessee and see how this university teaches students critical skills for careers in agriculture, business and beyond,” the governor posted on his official X account.

By Liam