TSU Foundation tabs Tucker
The Tennessee State University Foundation Board of Trustees has named Dwayne Tucker  as its chair.
Tucker replaces Melvin Malone, who stepped down after two years at the helm, but will remain as a board member. Tucker, who holds a B.S. degree from TSU, will serve the remaining one year of Malone’s term as board chairman.
“I congratulate Mr. Tucker on being elected to chair the TSU Foundation Board,” Patricia Brewer Hairston, acting vice president for university relations and development, said in a release. “With his experience as a senior executive, one who understands the needs of TSU, and as an Alum, Mr. Tucker will help to continue to move the Foundation forward.
Tucker is a senior adviser at Compass Executives, a management consulting services firm focused on entrepreneurial leaders of private and public companies. The firm has offices in Nashville and Memphis.
Tucker serves on several boards including those at LEAD Public Schools of Nashville, Nashville Public Radio and 100 Black Men of Nashville.
O’Charley’s names Mills president
The parent company of O'Charley's and J. Alexander's has named Mickey Mills  president of the former as it kicks off a large rebranding and renovation plan.
Mills joined O'Charley's in September 2010 as vice president of operations after spending nearly 20 years at the Buca di Beppo chain. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management’s Executive Leadership Program.
"Mickey is a strong leader and has done a terrific job as we’ve implemented many positive changes in our restaurants," said Hazem Ouf, president and CEO of American Blue Ribbon Holdings, who had also been leading O'Charley's since last summer. "We look forward to enhancing O’Charley’s guest satisfaction under Mickey’s leadership."
O'Charley's late last year launched a brand overhaul that includes a revamped menu, new logo and updated restaurant decor. American Blue Ribbon will spend millions to renovate the chain's more than 200 locations over the next three years.
Lipscomb adds four to board of trustees
Lipscomb University has announced the addition of four members to its board of trustees.
Lori Sutton Bridges, of Brentwood; Sallie Williams Dean and Neika Brewer Stephens, of Nashville; and John Perry Little, of Knoxville were officially seated as members of the board at its quarterly meeting Feb. 2.
Bridges, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in applied chemistry from Lipscomb University and an MBA degree from Tennessee Technological University, is a community philanthropist and has been involved in fundraising campaigns at Lipscomb Academy.
Dean, a certified public accountant, has been on faculty at Fordham University, the City University of New York, the University of Miami and Lipscomb University. She is a former member of the boards of the Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation and Morning Star Sanctuary. Dean holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and a master’s degree in professional accountancy from the University of Miami.
Little is a pediatric ear, nose and throat surgeon in Knoxville. He has practiced in Knoxville since 1998, and in 2002 he formed Children’s Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, PLLC. He received an undergraduate chemistry degree from Lipscomb University and an M.D. from the University of Tennessee-Memphis. He completed a residency at Wake Forest University Medical Center as well as a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Children’s Center.
Stephens has been reappointed to the board for a fourth term. She served on the board from 1995-2011. Last year, Stephens and her husband, Bill, made the largest financial commitment in Lipscomb Academy history with a $10 million pledge to the institution’s fundraising campaign. In December, Stephens was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lipscomb University. She serves on the board of World Christian Broadcasting and is a former board member for Morning Star Sanctuary and the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association. Stephens is a retired from the television programming industry.