Bredesen names three to Board of Regents

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 5:30pm
Staff reports

A former newspaper publisher, a vice president with the Tennessee Valley Authority and a Knoxville community leader will become the three newest faces on the 18-member Tennessee Board of Regents.

Gov. Phil Bredesen on Wednesday announced the appointments to the board that oversees the system of six state universities, 13 community colleges and 26 technology centers with a combined annual enrollment of more than 200,000 students.

Named to the Tennessee Board of Regents were Tom Griscom of Chattanooga, Emily J. Reynolds of Nashville, and Danni Varlan of Knoxville. They will fill positions created by the resignation of three members — Pamela P. Fansler, Judy T. Gooch, and J. Stanley Rogers.

Griscom recently resigned after 11 years as executive editor and publisher of the Chattanooga-Times Free Press. Griscom’s previous experience includes serving as director of communications for President Ronald Reagan, press secretary for Senator Howard Baker, and he has taught at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Griscom graduated from UTC.

Reynolds served as secretary of the U.S. Senate, was chief of staff to Sen. Bill Frist, and served as special assistant to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker. Reynolds is currently Senior Vice President of Government Relations at TVA. Reynolds graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.

Varlan is president of East Tennesseans for Airfare Competition, which works to bring competitive air service to McGhee Tyson Airport. She has served as program director of Leadership Knoxville and is chairman of the board of directors of the Salvation Army and is on the board of directors of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and Habitat for Humanity.

“I appreciate the willingness of those appointed today to serve the state in this important capacity,” Bredesen said. “These individuals will help the Board oversee the TBR system and direct our efforts to achieve the goals of the Complete College Tennessee Act.”