Board Members


Jim Haslam IIMr. Jim Haslam II

Chairman, Founder, Pilot Corporation, Member, University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, Knoxville, TN


Donde Lee PlowmanDr. Donde Lee Plowman

Chancellor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Michael AdamsDr. Michael Adams

President Emeritus, University of Georgia


Cynthia BakerMs. Cynthia Baker

daughter of Senator Baker


Darek BakerMr. Darek Baker

son of Senator Baker


Patrick ButlerMr. Patrick Butler

President and CEO, Association of Public Television Stations, former Vice President of The Washington Post, and presidential speechwriter for President Gerald R. Ford


Jimmy CheekDr. Jimmy Cheek

Chancellor Emeritus, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Beth HarwellDr. Beth Harwell

Board Member, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and former Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives and Associate Professor, Belmont University


David GoldenMr. David Golden

Chief Executive Officer, East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Research Corporation


Thomas GriscomMr. Thomas Griscom

Retired Executive Editor, Chattanooga Times Free Press, former Director of Communications, President Ronald Reagan


Theresa LeeDr. Theresa Lee

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Margaret ScobeyAmb. Margaret Scobey

Former US Ambassador to Syria and Egypt


Don C. Stansberry, Jr.Mr. Don C. Stansberry, Jr.

Attorney (retired), Stansberry, Petroff, Marcum & Blakley; business advisor and real estate developer; UT Board of Trustees, Huntsville, TN


John TolsmaMr. John Tolsma

Founder, Knowledge Launch


The Honorable Don SundquistThe Honorable Don Sundquist

Former Governor of Tennessee and US Congressman, Townsend, TN


Thomas ZachariahDr. Thomas Zachariah

Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Emeritus Board Members

The Center would also like to acknowledge the contributions of previous members of the Board, including:

  • The Honorable Philip Bredesen Jr., former Governor of Tenessee and Mayor of Nashville, TN
  • Sarah Keeton Campbell, Attorney, Special Assistant to the Solicitor General and the Attorney General
  • Dr. Wayne Davis, former Chancellor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • The Honorable Albert Gore Jr., former Vice President of The United States and US Senator for Tennessee
  • Dr. Joseph E. Johnson, former President, University of Tennessee
  • Mr. William Johnson, former President and CEO, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Mr. Fred Marcum, Former Senior Advisor to Senator Baker
  • Amb. George Cranwell Montgomery, Former US Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman
  • Ms. Regina Murray, Real Estate Specialist, One in Four
  • Dr. Lee Riedinger, former Vice Chancellor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and director of The Bredesen Center
  • Dr. Robert Waller, former President and CEO, Mayo Clinic