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KNOXVILLE — Chancellor Loren Crabtree today announced the members of the 2009 Chancellor’s Associates — an advocacy group for the University of Tennessee’s flagship campus.

Mintha Roach
Mintha Roach
Each year, approximately 20 business, professional and community leaders from the Knoxville area are nominated to join the group. They serve three-year terms and meet monthly to learn about and interact with the university.

“UT is an important part of Knoxville and much of our strength comes from those in our community taking an active interest in our development,” said Crabtree. “These associates meet monthly to hear from UT researchers and administrators to learn about the exciting projects we are involved in now and will be in the future. They play a vital role in sharing the university’s good news with the community.”

The 2006-07 chair of the group is Mintha Roach, president and CEO of Knoxville Utilities Board. The chair-elect is Tony Hollin, chairman and CEO of Edamerica and Edfinancial.

Additional members of the 2009 class include:

–Barbara Blevins, president Parkwest Medical Center
–Bruce Bosse, president Merit Construction, Inc.
–Leigh Burch, president Terminus Real Estate
–Stone Carr, Stone Carr Builder (retired)
–Bill Cobble, Cobble Staffing Companies (retired)
–Matthew Daniels, president & CEO Clayton Bank & Trust
–George Dials, president & general manager BWXT Y-12
–Ken Dobbins, president & COO BankEast
–Joseph Emert, president First Choice Medical
–Pam Fansler, president First Tennessee Bank
–Tom Ferriter, president & COO Bush Brothers and Co.
–Susan Foard, vice president Pugh and Company, PC
–Rose Foster, group manager Oak Ridge Associated Universities
–Michael Hatcher, Hatcher Properties
–Cherel Henderson, director East Tennessee Historical Society
–Patricia Howse-Smith, director of human resources U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge office
–Tom Jones, attorney/senior partner Jones Meadows & Wall, PLLC
–Renee Kesler, director of community development, City of Knoxville
–Andy Shafer, president Shafer Insurance Agency
–Peter Wooten, executive vice president SunTrust Bank

Chancellor’s Associates were first selected in 1972 and since then have been an important link between the Knoxville community and UT campus.

Linda Davidson, vice chancellor for development (865-974-2115,

Beth Gladden, media Relations (865-974-9008,