The President’s Council is a constituency of alumni and friends who understand and support higher education broadly in Tennessee. It is comprised of volunteer leaders who have the opportunity to serve as the University’s premier advocates. Members of the group are handpicked by the President and are elected for three-year terms.

Activities of the group include:

  • Small group or individual visits with Dr. DiPietro when he is in their area on travel.
  • A campus visit each year that will allow that campus’ chancellor the opportunity to highlight the great things going on at their campus and the role they play in advancing the state of Tennessee.

2016 – 2017 Members

Nashville

  • Kenny Blackburn
  • David Bohan
  • Phillip Clendenin
  • Gordon Ferguson
  • Waymon Hickman
  • Reggie Hill
  • Ben Kimbrough
  • Jim Lattimore
  • Scott McWilliams
  • Chaz Molder
  • Steve Morris
  • Dan Nolan
  • Joe Pearson
  • Margaret Perry
  • Worrick Robinson
  • Terry Scholes
  • Gibbs Smith
  • Robert Strasser
  • Phil Wenk
  • Charles Wharton
  • Mark Wilson

Knoxville

  • Tom Ballard
  • Alton Blakley
  • Fay Carr
  • Dwight Church
  • Pete Claussen
  • Jed Dance
  • Phillip Fulmer
  • Dr. Leonard Hines
  • Jodie Johnson
  • David Martin
  • Jack Mills
  • Ward Phillips
  • Dr. Bill Powell
  • Dr. Kim Salmons
  • Dean Skadberg
  • Michael Strickland
  • Bill Swain
  • Ned Vickers

Memphis

  • Johnnie Amonnette
  • Bill Blankenship
  • John Butler
  • Frank Childress
  • Shannon Cotter
  • Jim Duke
  • Chris Fleming
  • Sam Graham
  • Dr. Fred Heros
  • Dr. Walter Hoffman
  • Jason Hood
  • Alan Ledger
  • Buck Lewis
  • Jason Little
  • John Pontius
  • King Rogers

Chattanooga

  • Charles Babb
  • Allen Carter
  • Jim Hall
  • Dr. Rob Headrick
  • Frank Kinser
  • Donna Lawrence
  • Brenda Lawson
  • Tom Losh
  • Dr. Fred Obear
  • Eddie O’Brien
  • Dr. Bill Stacy
  • John Thornton
  • Andy Walker
  • “Bucky” Wolford

Atlanta

  • Buddy Avery
  • Ron Frieson
  • Bart Graham
  • Dr. Jim Harris
  • Joel Katz
  • Janet McKinley
  • Carl Merideth

Martin

  • Cathy Dunagan
  • Joseph Exum
  • Ron Kirkland
  • Bill Latimer
  • Art Sparks
  • Jamey Tosh

TriCities

  • Dr. Fred Guthrie, Jr.
  • Lynn Johnson
  • Jim Powell

Other Areas

  • Wayne Hutton (Tuscaloosa, AL)
  • Hasseline Thompson (Tuscaloosa, AL)
  • Sylvia Moore (Monte Serrano, CA)
  • Joe Norville (Dallas, TX)
  • Rick Rose (Houston, TX)