Governor Names Karen Ward To WGU Tennessee Advisory Board

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Karen Ward
Karen Ward

Governor Bill Haslam and Western Governors University have named Karen Ward to the advisory board of WGU Tennessee, an accredited, nonprofit, online university aimed at expanding access to higher education for Tennesseans.

Ms. Ward is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. She is responsible for properties and corporate services as well as human resources functions across all lines of business for the company, which employs 5,400 workers across the state.

Additionally, Kimberly K. Estep, Ph.D., has been named WGU Tennessee’s chancellor. Estep joins the university after serving as vice president for academic affairs and student services at Nashville State Community College. A graduate of Auburn University, she has more than 25 years’ experience in higher education as both a professor and an administrator. She will be based in WGU Tennessee’s main office in Nashville but will work with higher-education, community, and business leaders throughout the state to increase awareness and establish partnerships.

Other members of the advisory board, which is tasked with providing strategic counsel and guidance to WGU Tennessee, are:

 · John Ingram (chairman), chairman and CEO, Ingram Industries, Nashville

· Jerry Askew, Senior VP, Government Relations, Tennova, Knoxville

· Shannon A. Brown, senior vice president/chief human resources and diversity officer, FedEx Express, Memphis

· David A. Golden, senior vice president, chief legal officer, and Corporate Secretary, Eastman, Kingsport

· Thom Mason, director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge

· Jim McIntyre, superintendent, Knoxville County Schools, Knoxville

· Ralph Schulz, president and CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville

· John Steele, senior VP, Human Resources, HCA, Nashville Shannon Brown, senior vice president/chief human resources and diversity officer, FedEx Express, Memphis

· Blair Taylor, president, Memphis Tomorrow, Memphis

Kimberly Estep
Kimberly Estep

Alexander Says Betsy DeVos Is On Our Children’s Side

At Tuesday’s Senate education committee hearing on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the U.S. Department of Education, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, “Betsy DeVos is on our children’s side.  On charter schools and school choice, she is in the mainstream of those trying to help children succeed and her critics are outside of it.” Alexander, who was ... (click for more)

Auditions For Lee’s Children’s Chorale To Take Place Monday

Auditions for the spring semester of Lee University’s Children’s Chorale will be held Monday from 6-7 p.m.  The Lee University Children’s Chorale is an opportunity for area students to be involved in a community ensemble that is committed to excellence. Students will be encouraged to grow both as musicians and singers throughout rehearsal and enjoy performing music that ... (click for more)

Haslam Unveils Comprehensive Tax Cut And Transportation Proposal Including Higher Gas Tax And Vehicle Registration Fee

Joined by mayors from across the state and leaders in the manufacturing and trucking industries, Governor Bill Haslam on Wednesday announced "a comprehensive and strategic plan to cut taxes on food and manufacturing while updating how the state provides Tennesseans the safe and reliable transportation network needed to support future job growth." The IMPROVE Act, “Improving ... (click for more)

Big Woody's Tree Service Employee Killed In Fall On Signal Mountain

Recovery efforts are underway for a man who fell 150 feet off a bluff, while trimming trees on Signal Mountain. At  11:22 a.m. , a 911 call was made by an employee of Big Woody's Tree Service reporting a man in his early 30s had fallen off a bluff the mountain while trimming trees on private property.  The man fell 150 feet. Walden's Ridge Emergency Services ... (click for more)

Beyond Freedom Of Speech - And Response

Yes, most people know about the First Amendment to our Constitution, "The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction."  I being a "deplorable" draw the line when people block traffic, try to disrupt, and even stop an activity through malice and disregard for others. Case being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Want To Protest? Get Paid!

In a troubling time when “false news” is the rage and people ask me – to my face – if anybody from Russia ever approached me personally searching for votes for President-elect Donald Trump, there appears a website that, to cop a phrase, “is too good to be true.” There is a group out of California that allegedly wants to hire “operatives” to protest Friday’s inauguration. Forget ... (click for more)