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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Hunter Wright, retired civil engineer and five-term mayor of Kingsport, has been chosen president of the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association.

 UT President Joe Johnson said Wright, a 1961 graduate of UT-Knoxville, will serve as UTNAA’s president for one year, and then become the association’s top fundraiser as chair of the Annual Giving Program.

 “Hunter Wright takes the leadership of the UTNAA at an important time,” Johnson said. “He is the right choice to guide the association as it captures and maintains the momentum generated by the successful 21st century fund raising campaign.”

 David M. Roberts, senior associate vice president for alumni affairs, said Dr. Ron Kirkland of Jackson is the UTNAA’s new president-elect, which puts him in line for the presidency next year.

 Other new UTNAA officers are Lynne Fain of Knoxville, vice president; Ray Marcrom, Manchester, treasurer; and Gary Doble, Springfield, chair of annual giving.

 Wright’s wife, Sylvia, also graduated from UT-Knoxville in 1961. She is a former chair of the UTNAA’s Women’s Council.

 Contact: David M. Roberts (423-974-3011)