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Haslam working on separate board for U of M

Gov. Bill Haslam says he is in discussions about how to form a separate governing board for the University of Memphis. Gov. Bill Haslam says he is in discussions about how to form a separate governing board for the University of Memphis.

(AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he is in discussions about how to form a separate governing board for the University of Memphis.

In a meeting with The Commercial Appeal's editorial board, Haslam said Thursday that he's trying to figure out how to establish a board with authority to hire and fire the university's president in a way that is far to other Tennessee Board of Regents schools.

The state has two boards for public higher education: the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, and the 18-member Board of Regents that oversees 46 schools.

Haslam says the goal "would be to figure out a way to have a board that has the ability to hire and fire the president, that can fundraise, that can enter into new agreements and alliances."

Information from: The Commercial Appeal.

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