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KNOXVILLE — Nineteen new members have joined the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associates, Chancellor Loren Crabtree announced Monday.

The Chancellor’s Associates, established in 1972, is a group of 58 business, professional and community leaders from the greater Knoxville area who are interested in UT and its development.

“We look forward to the continued goodwill and assistance of these community leaders,” Crabtree said. “The associates’ advice is greatly appreciated, and their involvement in our planning is an important element of our continued growth.”

Margie Nichols, news director for WBIR-TV, is the 2003-2004 Chair of the Chancellor’s Associates. Other associates are:

Laurie Acred-Natelson, director, Nursing Support, Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center; Ola Blackmon-McBride, director of the Women’s Shelter, Salvation Army; Ronni Chandler, Project GRAD Knoxville; Randall DeFord, owner, C. Randall DeFord Architecture; Jim Dickson, president and CEO, YMCA of East Tennessee; Paul Fortunato, plant manager, Rohm & Haas Company; Scott Fugate, contract manager, Tennessee Valley Authority; Amy Gibson, director, Heart and Soul Interiors, Knoxville Habitat for Humanity; Peyton Hairston, senior vice president, Employee Relations and Diversity, Tennessee Valley Authority.

Frances Hall, president, Hall Communications, Inc.; Margaret Harris, registered nurse, Knox County Schools; Jan Houston-Hickman, general manager, Continental Express Airlines; H. Lee Martin, managing member, Clarity Resources, LLC; Phyllis Y. Nichols, president and CEO, Knoxville Area Urban League; Rabbi Beth Schwartz, Temple Beth El; Phyllis Severance, retired manager, Knox County Human Resources; Todd Stamper, first vice president and financial advisor in charge, Morgan Stanley; Wayne P. Underwood, real estate appraiser, Hop Bailey Company; Kathryn C. Wood, vice president, Human Resources, ImagePoint.

The Chancellor’s Associates meet about seven times each academic year with Crabtree and other key campus administrators to learn about the diverse program offerings at UT.

Members are a liaison between the university and its external constituents, and help articulate the mission, vision, goals and plans of the Knoxville campus, Crabtree said.

The associates also will host the annual Volunteer of the Year Dinner at 6:30 p.m., October 14, at the Knoxville Marriott.