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THEC to be evaluated, possibly eliminated

May 7, 2001

Gov. Don Sundquist has recommended that the Tennessee Higher Education Commission be scrutinized and possibly eliminated.

If the Senate State and Local Government Committee votes to phase out the agency, THEC would have one year to wind up its affairs before being dissolved.

The proposal to eliminate the organization, which was formed in 1967 to ensure fairness in funding between the University of Tennessee system and the Tennessee Board of Regents system, was voiced for the first time more two years ago.

"The problem with THEC is they fail to properly serve their mission of being intermediaries between the political process and the institutions they serve," said House Finance Committee Chairman Matt Kisber.

The Senate State and Local Government Committee delayed its vote for one week to give THEC officials time to seek a compromise.