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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– A Jackson civic leader has been elected president of the University of Tennessee’s National Alumni Association.

Barbara Wilson Higgs will lead the 225,000-member UT alumni association for the next 12 months. Higgs and other officers were elected Friday by the NAA board of governors at its annual meeting here.

“The University of Tennessee has one of the strongest, most active alumni associations in the nation,” UT President Joe Johnson said. “That’s due in large measure to outstanding people like Barbara Higgs who contribute so much time, energy and creative leadership.”

In the 1995 fiscal year, some 50,000 alumni and friends contributed nearly $11.5 million to UT’s annual giving program.

Other officers are:

* J. Gary Doble, a special agent for the Internal Revenue Service in Nashville, president-elect.

* Hunter Wright, civil engineer from Kingsport, vice president.

* Elaine Core Sullivan, civic leader of Malvern, Pa., treasurer.

* Jeannie R. Hastings, head of marketing and finance, Hastings Architecture Associates of Nashville, national chairman of annual giving. Hastings is immediate past president of the NAA.

Higgs is a 1958 graduate of UT-Knoxville’s College of Education and attended UT-Martin. She has held several alumni association posts, including serving as a member of the NAA board of governors and the executive and public affairs committees.

She is a past president of the Madison County alumni chapter and is active in several Jackson and Madison County civic organizations.

Higgs’ husband, Dr. Bob Higgs, is a graduate of UT’s College of Medicine. Their son, Wilson Clark Higgs, is a UT-Knoxville graduate and a third-year dental student at UT-Memphis.

Contact: David Roberts (423-974-3011)