UT President Says Proposed Budget Doesn't Offer Enough

Martin, Tenn. (AP) -- University of Tennessee President John Petersen says the state's nameplate school will require millions of extra dollars to cover faculty salary increases, building projects and operating costs.

Petersen spoke to UT trustees, meeting at the University's Martin campus, saying the University must remain competitive or it will lose students to Georgia and Auburn.

UT has said its main Knoxville campus needs money now to begin designing a $42 million dormitory, it's first since 1969. UT intends to increase its Knoxville enrollment by 8,000 student over the next several years.

Governor Bredesen's budget includes funding for only one of five priority capital building projects proposed by UT. That $32 million would go for infrastructure costs at a new Cherokee campus for the agriculture school to move south to Blount County.

Peterson calls the administration capital proposal "frustrating."

Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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