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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– A Kingsport engineer is the new vice president of the University of Tennessee’s National Alumni Association.

Hunter Wright, a civil engineer with Eastman Chemical Co., was elected Friday by the NAA board of governors at its annual meeting here. Wright is a 1961 graduate of UT-Knoxville.

“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 Hunter Wright 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. UT’s alumni association has more than 225,000 members.

Other new officers are:

* Barbara Wilson Higgs, civic leader from Jackson, president.

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

* 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.

Wright, who was mayor of Kingsport from 1985-95, is a member of the alumni board of governors and has served as treasurer of the NAA.

He is a member of the board directors of Holston Valley Community Hospital and of Holston Habitat for Humanity.

Wright and his wife, Sylvia, who also attended UT-Knoxville, have three children.

Contact: David Roberts (423-974-3011)