TENNESSEE BOARD OF REGENTS
The Tennessee Board of Regents met in regular session on December
2016, at the offices of
AT&T Tennessee located at 333 Commerce Street, Nashville, Tennessee. Vice Chair Emily
Reynolds, presiding, called the meeting to order. Vice Chair Reynolds offered condolences to the
family of former Regent Jonas Kisber and noted that he and his late wife, Jane, had served on the
Board for a total of twenty-six years.
Josh Spurling, Student Regent for 2016-2017 was introduced and welcomed to the Board. Regent
Spurling is a Tennessee Promise student majoring in business at Roane State Community College
and planning to attend the University of Tennessee upon graduation.
Vice Chair Reynolds then provided a report of the status of the chancellor's search, chaired by
Governor Bill Haslam. Acting Chancellor David Gregory introduced special guests in the
audience, Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Treasurer David Lillard, and thanked them for their
many years of support of the Tennessee Board of Regents. Vice Chair Reynolds thanked AT&T
Tennessee President Joelle Phillips and her staff for the gracious hospitality and support provided
for this meeting.
At the instruction of the Vice Chair, Ms. Mary Moody, General Counsel and Board Secretary,
called the roll. The following members were present:
Dr. MaryLou Apple
Mr. Alex Fitzner
Mr. Darrell Freeman
Mr. Tom Griscom
Mr. Mike Krause
Ms. Fran Marcum
Dr. Barbara Prescott
Ms. Emily Reynolds
Ms. Leigh Shockey
Mr. J. Parker Smith
Mr. Bob Thomas
Ms. Danni Varlan
A quorum was present. Members not available to attend the meeting were Govenor
Commissioners Candice McQueen and Jai Templeton, and Regent Greg Duckett.