Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee visits UT Martin campus

Thursday, July 11, 2024
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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Special to the State Gazette

MARTIN, Tenn. – 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).

Taking time out for a photo during Gov. Bill Lee’s visit to the UT Martin campus July 2 were (L-R) state Rep. Tony Darby; state Sen. John Stevens; Landy Fuqua, director of the Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Center; Dr. Todd Winters, dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Scences; Gov. 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.
State Gazette photo/ submitted

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

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.

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