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Harris Announces Appointment of 2 Memphians to State Boards

Press release from the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus; January 16, 2015:

NASHVILLE – Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris is proud to announce the appointments by Gov. Bill Haslam of two distinguished Memphians – William Evans and William Troutt – to serve on state boards.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Evans and Mr. Troutt on their selection by the governor to these boards, which make crucial decisions about education in Tennessee,” Sen. Harris said. “I want to thank Gov. Haslam for recognizing their expertise, and I know they will serve Tennessee well.”

Appointed to the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, William Evans is the retired President and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He currently serves on the Board of Memphis Tomorrow until July 2014. During Evans’ te4nure as its CEO, St. Jude was ranked annually in the top 10 best places to work in academia by Scientist magazine and ranked the No. 1 children’s cancer hospital by Parents Magazine and U.S. News and World Report.

Appointed to the State Board of Education, William Troutt is in his third decade as a college president, currently serving as president of Rhodes College in Memphis. A nationally recognized leader in education, he has chaired the American Council on Education and National Association of Independent Colleges at Universities, as well as national Congressional committees on education.

Sen. Harris filed the Senate Resolution 0001 and Senate Joint Resolution 0035 for their respective appointments Thursday, and they now await approval by the General Assembly.

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Haslam Announces Higher Ed Board Appointments

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; August 13, 2013:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of eight new members and five re-appointments to Tennessee’s higher education boards as well as the selection of the chair of Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and vice chair of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR).

Robert Fisher, Pam Koban and Keith Wilson will serve on THEC. Brad Lampley, Bonnie Lynch, Sharon Pryse and Thaddeus Wilson will serve as new members of the University of Tennessee (UT) Board of Trustees. Deanna Wallace will join TBR as a new member. Cato Johnson was elected chair of THEC, and Emily Reynolds was elected vice-chair of TBR.

“I want to thank the new and current members for serving and the important work they do,” Haslam said. “We’re focused on strengthening higher education in Tennessee, and I look forward to working with everyone involved in tackling the iron triangle of affordability, accessibility and quality.”

Fisher is a 2011 graduate of Rossview High School. He is a junior studying political science at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC), where he is a member of the Brock Scholars Program. He currently serves in the student government association as the student body president. Fisher, a Clarksville native, will serve as the student representative on THEC.

Koban has served in faculty and administrative roles in both the UT and TBR systems. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and her master’s degree from the Fogelman School of Business at the University of Memphis. She serves on the board of trustees for Montgomery Bell Academy and has served as chairman of the board of directors for the Martha O’Bryan Community Center. She will represent the fifth congressional district on THEC.

Keith Wilson is the publisher of the Kingsport Times-News and president of the Northeast Tennessee Media Group, which includes the Kingsport Times-News, the Johnson City Press, the Herald and Tribune in Jonesborough, the Erwin Record and The Tomahawk in Mountain City. He serves as a member of the Kingsport Higher Education Advisory Board. In 2012, he was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. He will represent the first congressional district on THEC.

Lampley serves as partner in charge of the Nashville office of Adams and Reese. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and earned his juris doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He played offensive line at UT and was named to the Southeastern Conference’s All-Academic Team three times. He recently completed a term as chair of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. He will represent the seventh congressional district on the UT board.

Lynch is a 2016 M.D. candidate at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She represents the College of Medicine Class of 2016 as secretary. Lynch will represent students on the UT board.

Pryse is president and CEO of The Trust Company. She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She currently serves on the board of directors of Leadership Knoxville and the YMCA of East Tennessee. She is a past chair of United Way of Greater Knoxville. She will represent the second congressional district on the UT board.

Thaddeus Wilson is an associate professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he joined the faculty in 2000. He is an associate professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering and Imaging and recently served as faculty senate president. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Christian Brothers University and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He will serve as a faculty trustee on the UT board.

Wallace is a business systems technology instructor at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Nashville and serves as an online instructor and course developer for the Regents Online Degree Program. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Education from Austin Peay State University. She will serve as a faculty representative on TBR.

Johnson is the senior vice president of corporate affairs at Methodist Healthcare. He has served on THEC since 2008. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis and is past president of the University of Memphis Alumni Association. In January, the University of Memphis awarded him the Arthur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award.

Reynolds is the senior vice president of government relations for the Tennessee Valley Authority. She was originally appointed to TBR in 2010 and was re-appointed by Haslam in 2012 to serve a six year term. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Stephens College. She served as state director and chief of staff for U.S. Senator Bill Frist, and from 2003-2007 she served as the 31st secretary of the U.S. Senate.

Haslam also reappointed Danni Varlan and Ashley Humphrey to TBR, and Raja Jubran, Charles Anderson Jr. and George Cates to the UT board.

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New Members Named to UT Board of Trustees

Press Release from Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, June 22, 2011:

Appointments Effective July 1

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of J. Brian Ferguson and Tommy G. Whittaker to the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees.

Haslam also appointed Dr. Janet Mary Rasmussen-Wilbert, Ed.D., as a non-voting faculty trustee and Teresa K. Fowler as a non-voting student trustee and reappointed Spruell Driver, Jr.

Ferguson is a director of Owens Corning and the American Chemistry Council. He joined Eastman in 1977 and after years of service at the global chemical company, Ferguson was promoted to president of the group headquartered in Northeast Tennessee. He has since retired as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eastman. He served as director of NextEra Energy since 2005.

Whittaker is the President and Chief Executive Officer of First Farmers Bancshares in Portland, Tenn. Whittaker serves on the First Farmers Bancshares, Inc. Board of Directors, Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation Board of Directors, Portland Community Education Foundation Board of Trustees, Portland Housing Board of Commissioners, Tennessee Bankers Association Board of Directors, Tennessee Bankers Association Government Relations Committee and American Bankers Association Grassroots Committee.

Driver, graduated from UT-Knoxville in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and graduated from Duke Law School in 1991. The Tennessee attorney has served on the UT Board of Trustees previously and served as president of the UT National Alumni Association from 2004 until 2005. Driver has also served on the UT College of Engineering Board of Advisers and as the director of the Judicial Education and Program Services Division of the Administrative Office of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Dr. Wilbert is professor of health and human performance and athletic training coordinator at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Wilbert also serves as faculty senate president at UT Martin and previously served as chair and co-chair of the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society (TATS). Dr. Wilbert joined UT Martin in 2000 to start the athletic training program.

Fowler graduated from Camden Central High School in 2009 and is currently a sophomore at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The nursing student was appointed Student Government Association Attorney General for 2010-2011 and elected Student Government Association Student Court Justice. Fowler is University Scholars Vice President and has served as University Scholars Community Service Chair. Fowler is also a member of the National Honor Society at UTM, National Association of Student Nurses and serves as Volunteer Girls State Senior Counselor.

“Higher education is a critical component in creating a high quality workforce in Tennessee,” Haslam said. “In today’s economic climate, we are asking higher education to do more with less and we believe with the right team it is possible to be innovative, creative and proactive in our commitment to increase the number of Tennesseans with a college degree.”

The 26-member UT Board of Trustees is the governing body of the University, overseeing the educational and operational activities of the statewide University System. The governor serves as an ex officio voting member of the board and, by election, as chair.