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Governor appoints Keith Wilson to THEC

Staff report • Aug 13, 2013 at 7:25 PM

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday announced the appointments of eight new members and five reappointments to Tennessee’s higher education boards as well as the selection of the chair of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and vice chair of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Robert Fisher, Pam Koban and Keith Wilson will serve on the THEC. Brad Lampley, Bonnie Lynch, Sharon Pryse and Thaddeus Wilson will serve as new members of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees. Deanna Wallace will join the TBR as a new member. Cato Johnson was elected chair of the THEC, and Emily Reynolds was elected vice chair of the TBR.

Haslam also reappointed Danni Varlan and Ashley Humphrey to the TBR and Raja Jubran, Charles Anderson Jr. and George Cates to the UT board.

Keith Wilson is the publisher of the Kingsport Times-News and president of the Northeast Tennessee Media Group, which includes the Kingsport Times-News, Johnson City Press, Herald and Tribune in Jonesborough, 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 1st Congressional District on the THEC.

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

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