Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today
announced the appointments of seven new members to Tennessee’s higher education boards.
Cope and Adam Jarvis will serve as new members of the Tennessee Higher
Education Commission (THEC). Vicky Gregg, Shalin Shah and Victoria
Steinberg will serve as new members of the University of Tennessee (UT)
Board of Trustees. Ashley Humphrey and Dr. Bob Raines will serve as
members of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR).
governor serves as chairman of the board of directors for the TBR and
UT systems, and in July, Haslam announced his focus on post-secondary
education in Tennessee, particularly in the areas of affordability,
access, quality and workforce development.
“While college isn’t
for everyone, when only 23 percent of Tennesseans have a degree from a
four-year institution, we need to do a better job of preparing more
students to go to college and to graduate,” Haslam
said. “I appreciate the willingness of these men and women to serve the
state, and I look forward to working with them as we work to tackle
these complex issues.”
is a partner with the law firm Cope, Hudson, Reed & McCreary, PLLC.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Rhodes
College in 1998, and received his juris doctorate from the University
of Memphis School of Law in 2001. Cope’s grandfather served as president
of Middle Tennessee State University from 1958 until 1968. He lives in
Murfreesboro with his wife, Beth, and Cope
will represent the fourth congressional district on THEC.
serves as chief executive officer of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee,
Inc. She previously served as a regional vice president for
Humana and in other diverse health care environments including hospital
administration, clinical care and long term care. Gregg lives in
Chattanooga and will represent the third congressional district on the
UT Board of Trustees.
is a 2010 graduate of Upperman High School in Baxter and is currently a
junior studying public health at East Tennessee State University
(ETSU). He is serving in his second year as clerk of the court for the
Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature, as a Relay for Life event
chair, and previously served as secretary of external affairs for the
ETSU Student Government Association. Jarvis,
a Cookeville native, will represent students attending TBR schools on
is a 2009 graduate of Soddy Daisy High School, and is currently a
senior studying accounting at Tennessee Technological University
(TTU). She serves as the vice president of the TTU Student Government
Association, Relay for Life team captain, and was selected as a student
member of the 2012 TTU Presidential Search Advisory Committee. Humphrey
lives in Soddy Daisy and will represent students
on the Tennessee Board of Regents.
is a 2009 graduate of the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences,
and is currently a senior studying political science at the
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), where he is a member of
the University Honors Program. He previously served as student
government president and parliamentarian, and as the student
representative on the Strategic Steering Committee. Shah, a
Chattanooga native, will serve as the non-voting student trustee on the
UT Board of Trustees.
is an associate professor of psychology at Jackson State Community
College, where he joined the faculty in 2004, and chaired the
Faculty Council for 2011-2012. He received his bachelor’s degree in
psychology from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and his master’s
degree and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of
Southern Mississippi. He is a licensed psychologist
and has worked in a variety of mental health settings. Raines lives in
Malesus with his wife, Kate, and will serve as the faculty
representative on the Tennessee Board of Regents.
is an associate professor of French at UTC, where she joined the
faculty in 1996. She received her bachelor’s degree in French
from Kenyon College, and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in Romance
languages and literature from Ohio State University. Steinberg lives in
Hixson with her husband, John, and will serve as the non-voting faculty
trustee on the UT Board of Trustees.
also reappointed Greg Duckett and Emily Reynolds to the Tennessee Board
of Regents, and Charles Wharton to the UT Board of Trustees.