The Institute for Public Service

The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service (IPS) takes the expertise of a statewide university to the communities of Tennessee by helping leaders in government, business and law enforcement solve real-world problems every day.


We serve business and government to improve the lives of Tennesseans. We envision Tennessee as a global leader with thriving business and industry, efficient and effective government, and vibrant communities. At the Institute for Public Service we value people, diversity, relationships, integrity, and excellence.


Naifeh Center

Center for Industrial Services (CIS) County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC) Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership

IPS Celebrates 50 Years

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: The Evolution of IPS Fifty years. Six current agencies. More than $1.43 billion annual benefit to the state economy. Since its creation in 1971, the Institute for Public Service (IPS) has amassed an impressive history of outreach, taking UT’s experts and expertise into communities

National Deaf History Month

Submitted by Lori Barton, IPS Admin The first public school for the deaf was opened on April 15, 1817 in West Hartford, Connecticut. Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. was the world’s first institution dedicated to advanced education for the deaf and hard of hearing.  It was officially founded on April

Celebrating Irish American Month

By Steve Wyatt In October 1990, Congress passed a Public Act to establish March 1991 as Irish-American Heritage Month. Since 1997, the president has issued annual proclamations for the observance. The month of March, was chosen to coincide with Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17), which is an Irish national holiday.

MTAS Earns USDA Grants

The Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS), in collaboration with two fellow University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service (IPS) agencies, will offer two new training and technical assistance programs in 2021 with help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA Tennessee State Director Jim Tracy and USDA Area Director

CTAS Begins New Chapter

Jon Walden

CTAS Manager of Information Technology & Environmental Services Jon Walden was named Interim Executive Director effective May 1. Walden follows Robin Roberts, who retired April 30 after 25 years with CTAS. Walden began at CTAS in October 1993. Prior to joining CTAS, he was a programmer analyst at Columbia State