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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A University of Tennessee women’s health center in Memphis will be considered by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission at its meeting here July 31.

UT-Memphis and Methodist Healthcare system have worked together on women’s health issues since 1995. The UT board of trustees gave its approval to the center in February.

The commission’s meeting is set for 9 a.m. in the University Center. Methodist Healthcare has pledged $2 million for an endowed professorship at UT-Memphis, William Rice, UT-Memphis chancellor and vice president for health affairs, said. Part of the gift would be used to pay the salary of the women’s center director.

The center, recommended by the legislature’s Select Committee on Child and Family Services, chaired by Rep. Carol Chumley of Memphis, would begin operation this fall. Developing a list of health problems related to women would be among the center’s first tasks, Rice said. Research and prevention programs would follow, he said.

THEC also will consider a doctor of nursing science at UT-Memphis, an education specialist degree program for UT-Chattanooga, and a master’s program in clinical laboratory science at UT-Memphis.

The proposed UTC degree is designed to improve classroom and technology skills of teachers who have already earned master’s degrees. If approved by the commission, the program will begin this fall.

The two Memphis degree programs would begin in January 1999.