Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Education & Schools
  3. Higher Education

University of Memphis budget woes worse as Bredesen focuses on Knoxville energy research

Will University of Memphis be left out of Tennessee's big research grants?
Will University of Memphis be left out of Tennessee's big research grants?
©2008 dahrius enterprises

The University of Memphis has received a major rebuff from Gov. Phil Bredesen's higher education bill that he has recently presented to the General Assembly.

While much of the bill refers to K-12 state efforts to qualify for $485 million in "Race to the Top" grants, the omission of Memphis' schools from the lion's share of research grants was not taken well by University of Memphis fundraisers. "I'm disappointed in the fact that not only the University of Memphis, but the whole Memphis area - it doesn't seem that we're getting the economic growth and emphasis that the University of Tennessee is getting," said Charles Burkett, chairman of the UofM Board of Visitors.

At issue is Bredesen's desire to increase the University of Tennessee ties to nearby Oak Ridge National Lab by asking lawmakers for $6 million while the University of Memphis and UTHSC got scant attention.

In President, Shirley Raines outlining of issues she mentioned the current battle in state government over funding. The issue should heat up in the next couple of weeks.




  • Dan Savage
    Dan Savage cares about LGBT youth, bullying and saving lives
    Today's Buzz
  • Raku
    Teachers and students can use this summer to learn a new skill
    15 Photos
  • Beach body
    Fitness: Earn your beach body badge with bootcamp classes
    10 Photos
  • Greek wine
    Unwind with these delicious wines: The thrilling wines of Greece
    7 Photos
  • Mandy Moore
    Exclusive interview with Celebrity Mandy Moore concerning animal activism
    5 Photos
  • Educational family vacations
    Find out how to take an educational family vacation that doesn't break the bank
    9 Photos