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Social Studies Teacher Named to TN Retirement System Board

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; June 24, 2013:

(June 24, 2013, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ramsey (R-Blountville) today announced the appointment of social studies teacher Kevin Fielden of Kingsport to the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) Board of Trustees.

“Kevin Fielden is an outstanding educator and a credit to our city school system in Kingsport,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “I’m confident Mr. Fielden’s fresh perspective will serve well the interests of his fellow teachers and the state of Tennessee.”

A graduate of East Tennessee State University, Kevin Fielden has taught social studies in Northeast Tennessee for twenty years. Fielden was one of twelve Tennessee teachers selected for the prestigious Atlantik-Brücke fellowship fostering closer ties between Germany and the United States. In 2009, Fielden was presented with the Presidential Scholar recognition award by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Fielden currently teaches at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport.

The Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System Board of Trustees is responsible for the general administration and proper operation of TCRS overseeing a nearly $35 billion trust fund for state and local employee pensions. The 20-member Board consists of nine ex-officio members, nine representatives of the active TCRS membership, and two representatives for retirees.

Employee representation consists of three teachers, one from each grand division of the state, two state employees from departments other than those represented by ex-officio members, one public safety officer and three representatives of local governments. Retiree representation includes a retired teacher and a retired state employee.

The three teachers are appointed for three-year terms; the teacher representatives of the eastern and western grand divisions are appointed by the Speaker of the Senate, and the teacher representative of the middle grand division is appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.