Haslam names boards for Univ. of Memphis, Tennessee State

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has named former University of Memphis interim president Brad Martin and Democratic fundraiser Bill Freeman to newly independent university boards.

Haslam announced appointments to the new boards at Tennessee State University in Nashville and the University of Memphis on Wednesday. The new boards are part of the Republican governor’s initiative to spin six four-year public universities out of the Tennessee Board of Regents system. Each board will control budgets, tuition and the selection of university presidents.

Martin is joined by Douglas Edwards, Marvin Ellison, Alan Graf, Cato Johnson, David North, Carol Roberts, and Susan Springfield on the University of Memphis’ board.

Joining Freeman on Tennessee State’s board are Deborah Cole, Stephen Corbeil, Richard Allen Lewis, Pam Martin, Obie McKenzie, Edith Peterson Mitchell and Bishop Joseph Walker III.