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February TICUA eNews: New Education Commissioner, Benefits, Meetings

Friday, February 1, 2019  
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Tennessee Has a New Education Commissioner

Announcing a highly anticipated cabinet pick, Governor Bill Lee named Penny Schwinn as Tennessee’s next commissioner of education.

Leaving her post as chief deputy commissioner of acade
mics for the Texas Education Agency, Schwinn brings breadth and depth of experience working in state education agencies and as a former teacher, administrator, assistant superintendent, and elected school board member.

Schwinn is officially on the job, taking the helm of the Department of
Education which oversees the state’s $5 billion budget for public education. In the coming weeks, she will be presenting to members of the Tennessee General Assembly about her vision for continuing Tennessee’s hard-won progress and improvement in K-12 education.

Read more about Penny Schwinnhere.


World Class Employee Benefits: TICUA Benefit Consortium

Greg Eller, Executive Director of TICUA Benefit Consortium

Effective May 1, 2019, the TICUA Benefit Consortium Board of Directors has authorized the Plan to expand its benefit program offerings beginning with the new plan year. Benefit Consortium will be evaluating the addition of several ancillary benefit programs to the existing group health plan that is only available to TICUA member institutions. These additional benefit programs will include dental, vision, life and disability insurance options, as well as voluntary benefits.

“We are working to add additional benefits and improvements to the TICUA Benefit Consortium health insurance plan to ensure we are providing a comprehensive World Class Employee Benefit program to all TICUA members now and well into the future” said Mr. Greg Eller, Executive Director of the Consortium.

Further, on January 11th, the TICUA Benefit Consortium Board and Human Resources representatives from Christian Brothers University, Memphis College of Art, Union University and TICUA Association met at Union University to discuss the initial benefit offering as well as the enrollment and employee communication strategy.

Additionally, the meeting was to finalize collecting census and current benefit information from the various organizations in order to approach the market and prepare a Request For Quotes (RFQ). We expect the providers to provide final quotes by the end of January in time for the Open Enrollment period that will occur in March and April.

The Consortium is also evaluating a benefits enrollment and administration system to all Consortia member institutions and participated in a demonstration of theEmployee Navigator system, which provides companies with modern benefits and HR software.

“The goal of a new benefits administration system is to provide an on-line enrollment experience to members and much needed analytical tools for member institutions to evaluate and monitor their group benefit costs, enrollment, ACA compliance and benefits,” stated Executive Director of the Consortium, Mr. Greg Eller.




Register for CHASCo February Membership Meeting

Kayce Matthews, Director of CHASCo

Mark your calendars for CHASCo's Membership Meeting on Friday, February 22, 2019. During the meeting, members will learn about new and pressing issues in the field of alcohol and other drug and violence prevention.

Did you administer a National Survey on your campus? The results are in! During the February Membership Meeting, a workshop will help CHASCo member liaisons better understand their data sources and how they can use them to effect positive change on their individual campuses. The presenter will share dissemination and programming strategies used by one institution to bring data into conversations with students and faculty/staff. There will also be time for discussion about potential uses at other institutions and troubleshoot any anticipated obstacles.

The meeting will take place at Union University and is scheduled for 11:00am CT to 2:00pm CT. Lunch will be provided. CHASCo members are encouraged to invite colleagues who may be interested, including student affairs professionals, counselors, compliance officers, administrators, etc. Click here to register or to visit the website.




TICUA 63rd Annual Meeting February 19 and 20; Governor Lee to Speak

"New Leadership – New Opportunities” is the theme of the upcomingTICUA 63rd Annual Meeting to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 19 and 20, 2019.


This year’s meeting provides member presidents with an opportunity to discuss key policy issues facing TICUA member institutions such as the impact of the recent elections, reauthorization of HEA, free public universities, the completion agenda, student aid, and other important topics.

We are proud to announce we have confirmed Governor Bill Lee will attend as a Plenary Speaker. We also have speaker confirmations from Lt. Governor Randy McNally, House Speaker Glen Casada, House Education Chair Mark White, Senate Education Chair Dolores Gresham, House Finance Chair Susan Lynn, Senate Finance Chair Bo Watson, and the Waller legal team.We are still waiting for a response from US Senator Lamar Alexander.


February 19 -

2019 TICUA Annual Presidential &

Legislative Reception




February 19 & 20 -

2019 TICUA Annual Meeting




February 19 & 20 -

Executive Leadership Institute Session

6-Policy &Legal Update



March 19 -

Executive Leadership Institute Session

7-Financial Management