State Rep. Martin Daniel surprised most observers with his strong win for renomination in the GOP primary last week. He more than doubled his victory margin from two years ago. Despite missteps over the past four months which generated countless stories, he prevailed. Why?
First, his major opponent, former state Rep. Steve Hall, whom he had ousted in 2014, was back again, and few people wanted him back. Hall had little electoral appeal.
Gov. Bill Haslam has proposed that the governance of several state universities be moved away from the Board of Regents and placed under six new separate boards for specific universities. This idea is pushed heavily by supporters of the University of Memphis.
There is no doubt that it will be enacted by the Legislature with some modifications to board appointments.
It is interesting that this new program of governance is exactly what existed prior to 1968 when I first went to the Legislature 48 years ago. In fact, it was Republicans and progressive Democrats who pushed for consolidation of these boards. Then-president Andy Holt kept UT from being swept into this new organization.
Marleen Davis was recruited to Knoxville 20 years ago to become dean of the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design.
She became the fourth American woman to hold such a position and the youngest dean at UT. She has an undergraduate degree in architecture from Cornell, a master’s from Harvard and a daunting string of awards, honors and accomplishments.