Magazine honors Haslam as an outstanding state leader
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was honored by Governing as one of the magazine’s 2018 Public Officials of the Year. The annual accolade recognizes leaders from state, city and county government who exemplify the ideals of public service.
The publisher of Governing presented the award to Haslam on Wednesday evening at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. He commended the governor for creating Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, his groundbreaking programs that provide high school graduates and all adults in Tennessee two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees.
“I am grateful to Governing for recognizing not only me, but the work of so many others across the state to make higher education attainable for all Tennesseans,” Haslam said. “This is truly an honor I can share with the many individuals involved in getting Tennessee Promise and Reconnect off the ground and for helping us strive to reach our Drive to 55 goal.”
Haslam was also recognized for his efforts to make state government more efficient and effective, and for implementing the Tennessee Excellence, Accountability and Management Act (TEAM) Act in 2012, which transformed state government’s outdated employment system so the state can now recruit, retain and reward the best and brightest employees.
Public Officials of the Year are selected from nominations submitted by readers, experts in the public and private sectors and the Governing editorial team. Award winners are profiled in the December issue of the magazine and on governing.com.
Photo (L-R): Mark Funkhouser, Publisher, Governing; Gov. Bill Haslam; Julia Burrows, Director, Governing Institute