Tennessee State University will next week roll out its new Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. The center will be based on the Avon Williams Campus and be the umbrella entity for the Nashville Business Incubation Center and the school's Small Business Development Center. Ruthie Reynolds will be its first executive director.
The year-old Dickson campus of Freed-Hardeman University will next fall begin to offer new baccalaureate degrees in psychology, criminal justice and social work. FHU took over operations of the Renaissance Center last year. Dr. C.J. Vires, FHU's vice president for academics and enrollment management, said the new programs are being built because potential students and employers have been asking for them. Class will meet one day or night per week and online for eight weeks.
Vanderbilt University has landed a permit for major shell construction on its Engineering and Science Building. On-site work on the 230,000-square-foot seven-story building is underway at 1212 25th Ave. S., with VU officials targeting a summer 2016 completion. Clark Construction is serving as general contractor for the project, with the permit valued at $17.5 million.
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Vanderbilt University officials have renewed their big lease at the prominent 3401 West End Ave. office building located near Interstate 440. The building is owned by Highwoods Properties, executives with which say the VU renewal was the largest single renewal they had before them between now and the end of 2015. Vanderbilt takes up 199,000 of the building's roughly 250,000 square feet of space.
Vanderbilt’s athletics department will be without its top person for the next several weeks.
Director of Athletics David Williams revealed Thursday night that he spent several days this week in the hospital and that he would have to spend the coming weeks at home recuperating from what he called “a procedure.”
Williams released a statement though the athletics department that did not specify the nature of his health issue or the exact amount of time he would be out of work.
“Earlier this week, I experienced a health issue that resulted in my being hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After undergoing a procedure and receiving great care at VUMC, I am doing well and recovering at home with my family. I appreciate all the thoughts and prayers that have been extended to me and my family. I look forward to being back in my office within the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, I urge everyone to Anchor Down! “
Williams has led the Vanderbilt athletics department since 2003, when he was named vice chancellor of university affairs and athletics. He came to Vanderbilt in 2000 as vice chancellor, general counsel and university secretary.
In 2012, Williams dropped all his previous titles and was installed as athletics director.
Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney McPhee and his Northeast State Community College counterpart Janice Gilliam on Monday signed an affiliation agreement between their institutions. Students at both schools can now more easily transfer to the other and give Northeast enrollees access to MTSU advisers. Northeast State has its main campus in Blountville in East Tennessee and runs four satellite campuses. MTSU's dual-admission deal with the school adds to a list that already included Nashville State, Chattanooga State, Dyersburg State, Motlow State, Jackson State and Roane State community colleges.
"These agreements point to the need for higher education institutions to work together more closely to help more Tennesseans earn a college degree,” said McPhee. “This partnership with Northeast State is part of MTSU’s ongoing efforts to remove barriers for students seeking their degrees and to support the state’s goal of producing a more educated workforce.”
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