Parents Council

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Many enthusiastic members of the Parents Association expressed the desire to establish a council to serve as a liaison between parents and the university. When the association had grown to more than 12,000 members, the leadership formed the Parents Council in 2008.

The purpose of the Parents Council is to foster communication between the university and parents and help improve the quality of the university experience for UT students and their parents.

Council members serve as liaisons, reflecting the views of parents to the administration and communicating with fellow parents about the university’s goals and plans. Members also help further the goals of the Parents & Families Fund through development and fundraising efforts.

Parents Council Priorities

The Parents Council met twice a year with the goal in mind of serving Parents Association members and their students. During these meetings, Council members often meet with upper level administration to convey the concerns of UT parents.

The Council consists of four committees (Communication, Development, Outreach, and Family Weekend), each with specific goals to assist the Parents Association and its members, and to support the Parents & Families Fund.

The Parents Council consists of 51 Parents Association career and legacy members, with representatives from each graduating class at the university. Parents Council Members support the Parents & Families Fund with a leadership gift, assist with planning and staffing New Student & Family Programs events, and attend all Council meetings as representation of over 13,000 Parents Association members. If you would like to send correspondence to the Parents Council, please e-mail parentscouncil@utk.edu.