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Ballad's Dover joins WGU Tennessee board

Staff reports • Updated Oct 17, 2018 at 1:51 PM

NASHVILLE — WGU Tennessee, the state-endorsed nonprofit university launched as part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative, has named Debbie Dover, Ballad Health’s chief human resources officer, to its advisory board.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Ballad Health, and having a human resources leader of Debbie Dover’s caliber on our advisory board is a big benefit as we continue to grow in East Tennessee,” said Kimberly K. Estep, Ph.D. and WGU Tennessee’s chancellor.

Dover is the chief human resources officer and senior vice president of Talent Engagement for Ballad Health. She has more than 20 years of experience in human resources and is responsible for setting the strategy and vision that ensures Ballad Health will attract and retain the type of workforce it needs to deliver on its mission of delivering the best possible care. She is the second Tri-Cities representative on the board, the other being Eastman Chemical Co. Executive David A. Golden of Kingsport.

Other members of WGU Tennessee’s Advisory Board are John Ingram (board chairman), chairman of Ingram Industries in Nashville; Shannon Brown, senior vice president/chief human resources and diversity officer for FedEx in Memphis; Mark Cate, president of Stones River Group in Nashville; Golden, senior VP and chief legal officer and corporate secretary of Eastman Chemical Co. in Kingsport; Carol Ross-Spang, senior VP of Human Resources for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis; Ralph Schulz, president and CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; John Steele, senior VP of human resources for  HCA in Nashville; Michael Torrence, Ph.D. and president, Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma;  and Karen Ward, senior VP/chief human resources officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in Chattanooga,

WGU Tennessee is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Tennesseans’ access to higher education throughout the state. Formed through a partnership between the state and nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Tennessee is open to all qualified Tennessee residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology and health professions, including nursing.

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