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March 4, 2014

Tennessee State Board of Education Members Biographical Summaries



The State Board of Education is composed of nine members—one from each of Tennessee's congressional districts, plus a student member. Dr. Gary Nixon serves as Executive Director of the Board. All members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. Board members serve a five-year term; the student member serves a one-year term. The Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission Dr. Richard G. Rhoda, is an ex- officio, nonvoting member.













Mr. B. Fielding Rolston, Chairman
Represents: 1st Congressional District


Resides: 3745 Arrowhead Trail; Kingsport, TN 37664


Education: B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, M.B.A., American University
Occupation: Retired; Former Vice-President, Human Resources and Communications, Eastman Chemical Company.
Appointed 1996; Reappointed 2008; current term: 2008-2013


Mike Edwards

Mr. Mike Edwards
Represents: 2nd Congressional District

Resides: Knoxville, TN


Education: Bachelor of Science in Political Science, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Occupation: President and CEO, Knoxville Chamber
Appointed: June 24, 2011, current term: 2011 - 2016


Allison Chancey
Ms. Allison Chancey
Represents: 3rd Congressional District


Resides: 1400 Durkee Rd. S.E. Cleveland, TN 37323


Education: M.S., Lincoln Memorial University, B.S. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Occupation: Teacher, Bradley County Schools
Appointed 2013; current term: 2013-2018


Mr. Lonnie Roberts

Represents: 4th Congressional District

1158 Roseland Drive, Columbia, TN 38401


Education: Bachelor of Science, Major in Business Administration and a minor in Economics, Jacksonville State University
Occupation: CEO TRH Health Plans
Appointed: June 24, 2011; current term: 2011-2016


Ms. Carolyn Pearre, Vice Chair

Represents: 5th Congressional District


Resides: 427 Prestwick Court, Nashville, TN 37205


Education: B.S., M.S., University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Occupation: Retired educator; Former Executive Director Tech Prep Programs, Tennessee Board of Regents
Appointed April 2002; Reappointed 2011; current term: 2011-2016

Dr. Jean Anne Rogers

6th Congressional District


Resides: 2631 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129


Education: B.S., O.D., Southern College of Optometry
Occupation: Doctor of Optometry
2005; current term: 2005-2014


Ms. Janet Ayers
Represents: 7th Congressional District

Resides: 1420 Old Perryville Road, Parsons, TN 38363


Education: Bachelor of Science & Healthcare Administration
Occupation: Retired Nursing Home Administrator, Current President of The Ayers Foundation
Appointed 2012; current term: 2012-2017

Dr. Melvin Wright, Sr.
Represents: 8th Congressional District

Resides: 340 North Hays Avenue, Jackson, TN 38301


Education: B.S., Tennessee State University, D.D.S., Meharry Medical College of Dentistry
Occupation: Private Practice of General Dentistry
Appointed 1996; Reappointed 2005; current term: 2005-2014



Ms. Teresa Sloyan


Represents: 9th Congressional District

Resides: 688 Magnolia Manor Circle, Memphis, TN 38117


Education: Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Memphis State University, 1984, graduate work at UT-Memphis, Completed the Stanford School of Business Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders in 2005

Occupation: Executive Director, Hyde Family Foundation
Appointed 2008; current term: 2008-2013



Ms. Katie Mitchell


Student Member

Houston High School
Contact: TN State Board of Education, 1st Floor, 710 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243

Appointed 2013; current term: 2013-2014



Executive Director
Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Ex-officio, non voting member
Contact: Parkway Towers, Suite 1900, 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243


Education: B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University