Mayor suggests MeadowView director for school board seat

Matthew Lane • Jul 9, 2012 at 10:16 AM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen has tapped the executive director of the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center to serve out the remaining term of Board of Education member Cheryl Harvey, who resigned from her position last week.

Harvey resigned from the BOE last week so her husband, Kim Harvey, could be named the new principal of Sevier Middle School. Kim Harvey had previously been the principal of Rock Springs Elementary.

Cheryl Harvey, a work force development manager at Eastman Chemical Co., was first elected to the BOE in 2009 and would have been up for re-election next year.

Per city charter, a vacancy on the BOE is to be filled by a majority vote of the BMA, to serve until the next city election. On Monday, Mayor Dennis Phillips made his recommendation known to his fellow board members.

“Many people have ideas of who should fill the position, and every day more and more people are coming up, asking about the position. One of the things I keep hearing is the public would like to have a (BOE) that is more diversified, with a non-educator-type, business person,” Phillips said.

After talking with several people, Phillips said Andy King’s name came up.

“He has an extreme desire to do this job, would proudly serve and is a team player,” Phillips said.

King, the executive director of MeadowView, has been with Marriott Hotels for 30 years.

Originally from Chicago, King and his wife and three children moved to Kingsport eight years ago. In that time, King has served on many boards including the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau, Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association and Keep Kingsport Beautiful.

King has never run for public office before.

“I’m really happy and honored to have been asked to serve,” King said, noting he has previously expressed an interest to Phillips in serving on the BOE.

King’s youngest son graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School two years ago.

Phillips said the nomination would go before the BMA during its regular meeting tonight. (Tuesday)

“I think Andy would be a good addition. He’s a business person, and he actually wants to do the job,” Phillips said.

Randy Montgomery, president of the BOE, said he has explained to King the expectations of the position, and the full BOE plans to discuss the matter further at its meeting tonight. (Tuesday)

The remaining members of the BMA spoke in favor of King’s nomination.

“I think he’ll make a good addition. He’s got a good head on his shoulders and would have the schools’ best interest at heart,” said Alderman Tom Segelhorst.

“I think if we have a qualified person, it’s important to fill the position and move forward, rather than running the risk of having hurt feelings,” Phillips said.

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