Martin Lectureship will welcome Governor Phil Bredesen to MTSU Nov. 7
Oct. 26, 2007
CONTACT: Tom Tozer, 615-898-2919
MURFREESBORO—The Paul W. Martin Sr. Lectureship will welcome Governor Phil Bredesen to Middle Tennessee State University on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The governor’s address, “Exploring Issues in Education,” will commence at 2 p.m. in the State Farm Lecture Hall of the Business and Aerospace Building, and it will be open to the campus community and the general public.
Elected governor of Tennessee in 2002, Bredesen has continued to make education his top priority. Under his leadership, teachers’ salaries have increased, and his focus on the state’s pre-K initiative has now expanded that program to include 4-year-olds. He created the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, which provides free books every month to children up to 5 years of age and now encompasses all 95 counties in Tennessee. In Bredesen’s fourth year in office, education funding rose to a record $366.5 million. He was overwhelmingly reelected in 2006.
The Paul W. Martin Sr. Lectureship was established in 2004 to enhance the stature of the University Honors College at MTSU—and to enrich the relationship between MTSU and the community. The Martin Lectureship is funded by
Dr. H. Lee Martin, son of Paul W. Martin Sr. The program is sponsored by the University Honors College in collaboration with the colleges of Liberal Arts, Education and Behavioral Science, Business, Basic and Applied Sciences and Mass Communication.
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