Updated 9/15/20

State Senator Joey Hensley has voiced his full support for the effort to transform Martin Methodist College into a member of the University of Tennessee's statewide higher education system.
Hensley, who represents Giles County, said he will actively support the merger of the two institutions.
A member of the senate's education committee, Hensley said he expects the merger will receive approval from state legislators in the coming year if the proposal is brought before the General Assembly when it reconvenes in the new year.
Despite some cost to the state, Hensley expects the proposed merger will see approval from state legislators.
"This is just one more way we are trying to make it easier for our students to get a college degree," Hensley said. "The more options they have, the easier it is going to be for us to provide a more educated workforce. I will certainly support this in the state legislature."
Last week, Martin Methodist College President Mark La Branche and University of Tennessee System President Randy Boyd announced the two institutions have signed a nonbinding letter of intent, launching a potential partnership paving a road forward for the private college's assimilation into the state system.