Haslam Makes Appointments To Higher Education Boards

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Governor Bill Haslam on Tuesday announced the appointments of eight new members and five re-appointments to Tennessee’s higher education boards as well as the selection of the chairman of Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and vice chairwoman 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 chairman of THEC, and Emily Reynolds was elected vice-chairwoman of TBR. 

“I want to thank the new and current members for serving and the important work they do,” Governor 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.”

Mr. 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. Mr. Fisher, a Clarksville native, will serve as the student representative on THEC.   

Ms. 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. 

Mr. 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.

Mr. 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. 

Ms. 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. Ms. Lynch will represent students on the UT board.    

Ms. 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 chairwoman of United Way of Greater Knoxville. She will represent the second congressional district on the UT board. 

Dr. 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.   

Ms. 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. 

Mr. 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. 

Ms. 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 Gov. 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.

Gov. 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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