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Words of Wisdom: C-N students learn from former Tennessee Governor

Former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam speaks to Carson-Newman senior and Student Government Association President Derick Marlow during a special Q&A event on Carson-Newman’s campus. The event allowed students to gain insight into politics, business and leadership.

(March 12, 2020) JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — Former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was on Carson-Newman University’s campus Wednesday to meet with officials and to speak with students. Haslam was the guest speaker at a Q&A event that allowed students to gain insight and advice from the state’s 49th governor.

The event was moderated by Student Government Association President Derick Marlow, a senior from LaFollette. Haslam spoke on politics, business and leadership to a packed Thomas Recital Hall.

What’s been true in my life is, a lot of things that I never thought would fit together are the things God uses to prepare you for things you don’t see coming down the road,” Haslam said. “A lot of you think, ‘I know exactly what I’m going to do five years from now.’ It might be different.”

Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman is a Christian liberal arts-based university affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The University is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, among the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and has over 2,700 students. Carson-Newman offers 50 undergraduate majors, as well as associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

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