The Commission

About THEC/TSAC: Formed in 1967, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission is the state’s higher education coordinating board and is responsible for an array of duties under TCA 49-7-202:

  • Administration of the outcomes-based funding formula
  • Approval of all new academic degree programs
  • Development of the state master plan for higher education
  • Serving as the hub for postsecondary data analysis and research
  • Authorization and regulation of proprietary institutions
  • Serving as the state approving agency for veteran education benefits

Board Composition: The Commission is composed of nine voting members appointed from the general public, each serving six-year terms and representing the Grand Divisions of the State equally. Of these nine members, three are appointed by the General Assembly and six are appointed by the Governor. The state Constitutional Officers (Comptroller of the Treasury, State Treasurer, and Secretary of State)  serve as ex-officio voting members. Additionally, one voting student member serves a one-year term and the Executive Director of the State Board of Education serves as an ex-officio non-voting member.

Tara Scarlett

Chair Nashville (Middle Tennessee)

Whitney Allmon

Dyersburg West Tennessee

Evan Cope

Murfreesboro Middle Tennessee

Pam Koban

Nashville Middle Tennessee

Jimmy Matlock

Lenoir City East Tennessee

Vernon Stafford, Jr.

Vice Chair West Collierville (West Tennessee)

Tre Hargett

Secretary of State Constitutional Officer

Jason E. Mumpower

State Comptroller Constitutional Officer

David H. Lillard, Jr.

State Treasurer Constitutional Officer

Dr. Sara Heyburn Morrison

Executive Director, State Board of Education Non-voting ex-officio

Commission Meetings

The schedule and agenda for upcoming Commission meetings, as well as meeting materials once they become available.