Provost Thomas Burns took part in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Tuesday in which Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander was honored with the “Twenty-First Annual NAICU Award for Advocacy of Independent Higher Education.” The ceremony took place during the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Annual Meeting. The Senator provided a compelling speech on the need to simplify the Higher Education Act. He also stressed the need to make it easier for students to apply and learn about available student financial aid long before selecting a college or university to attend. Accompanying Dr. Burns at the presentation ceremony were Claude Presnell (TICUA), Ted Brown (Martin Methodist College), Jim Dawson (Lincoln Memorial University), John Smarrelli (Christian Brothers University), Marjorie Glick (Vanderbilt University), Randy Lowry (Lipscomb University) and John McCardell (Sewanee).
In addition, the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities (TICUA) hosted a delegation from member institutions to meet with Tennessee Congressmen Jim Cooper and Phil Roe. Staff from the offices of Congressmen Diane Black and Jimmy Duncan, as well as Senators Bob Corker and Alexander, also welcomed the delegation to discuss key higher education issues such as student aid, tax benefits and President Obama’s higher education proposals.