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Governor announces 10 appointees on revamped UT Board of Trustees

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - The names of the 10 appointees who will make up the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees were released Monday.

All 10 are UT alumni and include at least two members for East, Middle and West Tennessee.

The appointees are:

  • John Compton, former President of PepsiCo and current partner with Clayton, Dubilier & Rice 
  • Kara Lawson, former Lady Vol and current basketball television analyst for ESPN and the Washington Wizards 
  • Donnie Smith, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Tyson Foods
  • Sharon Pryse, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of The Trust Company
  • Kim White, President and Chief Executive Officer of River City Company  
  • Bill Rhodes, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AutoZone
  • Melvin Malone, former Special Tennessee Supreme Court Justice and current practice group leader with Butler Snow LLP 
  • Bill Evans, former Director and Chief Executive Officer of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital  
  • Raja Jubran, Chief Executive Officer of Denark Construction  
  • Brad Lampley, former Tennessee Volunteers football player and current partner in charge of the Nashville office of Adams and Reese, LLP 

"This restructuring will improve the effectiveness of the board and positively impact the multiple campuses that comprise the UT system," said Gov. Bill Haslam. "Additionally, the advisory boards will create a culture of creativity at the campus level, and will allow each of the boards to respond nimbly to the needs of their respective institutions."

The legislation also establishes advisory boards for the primary UT campuses: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; The University of Tennessee at Martin; and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. These advisory boards will allow each campus to have a local focus.

The board will have a total of 12 members including the Commissioner of Agriculture and a non-voting student member. A faculty member will be appointed to the Academic Affairs and Student Success committee of the board.

The measure has drawn scrutiny because it would remove the faculty and student voting representation in the current board. Critics also contend that it gives the governor too much power over the board.


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