Tennessee Legislative Leaders Academy

Tennessee Legislative Leaders Academy

The Tennessee Legislative Leaders Academy is hosted jointly by the University of Tennessee’s Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Newly-elected members of the Tennessee General Assembly are invited to join the non-partisan effort for legislators to receive timely professional development and growth. Workshops offered feature nationally renowned speakers who focus on a wide variety of topics such as:

  • The transition from campaigning to governing;
  • A national perspective on the states and state budgeting;
  • Tennessee’s revenue structure and budget;
  • Economic development trends; and
  • Financing of education and health care.

To cap this experience, former governors and state legislators share their own diverse, personal experiences in a roundtable discussion pertaining to civility and the importance of having positive, working relationships during sessions of the General Assembly.


2021 Tennessee Legislative Leaders Academy

(Click Links Below to Access Program Material)

2021 Program Agenda

 2021 Speaker Bios

Additional Resources:

PowerPoint – The Tennessee State Budget and Budget Process, David Thurman

PowerPoint – Tennessee’s Revenue Structure, Dr. Bill Fox

PowerPoint – The Basic Education Program (BEP) and the Financing of K-12 Education in TN, Lynnisse Roehrich-Patrick, J.D.

Substance Misuse and Addiction Resource for Tennessee (SMART) Flyer

Additional Contact Information:

Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy

Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership

UT Government Relations and Advocacy