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February 24, 2015

Tennessee State Board of Education Members Biographical Summaries

 

 

The State Board of Education is composed of nine members—one from each of Tennessee's congressional districts, plus a student member. Dr. Sara Heyburn serves as Executive Director of the Board. All members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. Board members serve a five-year term; the student member serves a one-year term. The Interim Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission Russ Deaton, is an ex- officio, nonvoting member.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. B. Fielding Rolston, Chairman
Represents: 1st Congressional District

 

Resides: Kingsport, TN

Email: frolston@ecu.org

Education: B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, M.B.A., American University
Occupation: Retired; Former Vice-President, Human Resources and Communications, Eastman Chemical Company.
Appointed 1996; Reappointed 2013; current term: 2013-2018

 

Mike Edwards

Mr. Mike Edwards
Represents: 2nd Congressional District

Resides: Knoxville, TN

Email: medwards@knoxvillechamber.com

Education: Bachelor of Science in Political Science, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Occupation: President and CEO, Knoxville Chamber
Appointed: June 24, 2011, current term: 2011 - 2016

 

Allison Chancey
Ms. Allison Chancey
Represents: 3rd Congressional District

 

Resides: Cleveland, TN

Email: ahc1478@yahoo.com

Education: M.S., Lincoln Memorial University, B.S. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Occupation: Teacher, Bradley County Schools
Appointed 2013; current term: 2013-2018

 


Mr. Lonnie Roberts

Represents: 4th Congressional District

Resides:
Columbia, TN

Email: lroberts@trh.com

Education: Bachelor of Science, Major in Business Administration and a minor in Economics, Jacksonville State University
Occupation: CEO TRH Health Plans
Appointed: June 24, 2011; current term: 2011-2016

 


Ms. Carolyn Pearre, Vice Chair

Represents: 5th Congressional District

 

Resides: Nashville, TN

Email: cpearre@comcast.net

Education: B.S., M.S., University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Occupation: Retired educator; Former Executive Director Tech Prep Programs, Tennessee Board of Regents
Appointed April 2002; Reappointed 2011; current term: 2011-2016

 

 

Lillian Hartgrove
Ms. Lillian Hartgrove
Represents:
6th Congressional District

Resides: Cookeville, TN

Email: lhartgrove@highlandsoftn.com

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Mississippi State University for Women
Occupation: Workforce Development and Education Vice President for the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the Highlands Economic Partnership
Appointed 2014; current term: 2014-2019


 

Wendy Tucker
Ms. Wendy Tucker

Represents:
7th Congressional District

 

Resides: Nashville, TN

Email:tuckerwing@gmail.com

Education: B.A. Newcomb College of Tulane University, J.D., Tulane Law School
Occupation: Attorney
Appointed
2014; current term: 2014-2019

 


Mr. Cato Johnson
Mr. Cato Johnson
Represents: 8th Congressional District

Resides: Memphis, TN

Email: cato.johnson@mlh.org

Education: B.S. Education and M.S. Education, Memphis State University (now The Univeristy of Memphis)
Occupation: Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Appointed 2014; current term: 2014-2019

 

 


Mr. William E. Troutt

Represents: 9th Congressional District

 

Resides: Memphis, TN

Email: trouttw@rhodes.edu

Education: B.A. Religion and Philosophy, Union University; M.A. Higher Education, University of Louisville; PhD. Higher Education, Vanderbilt University

Occupation: President, Rhodes College
Appointed 2014; current term: 2014-2019

 

 

Student Member - Vacant

 


Mr. Russ Deaton

Executive Director
Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Ex-officio, non voting member
Contact: Parkway Towers, Suite 1900, 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243

Email: russ.deaton@tn.gov

Education: B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University