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Foundation Board of Trustees expands

September 23, 2003

As Austin Peay moved into the public phase of the Universitys first-ever capital campaign this past year, the number of members of the APSU Foundation Board of Trustees grew significantly.

New trustees from Clarksville are Kathy Beach, Dr. Vernon Carrigan, Sherwin Clift,
L.M. Ellis, Kevin Kennedy, Jan Roberts, Ann Ross and David Watson. Jim Amos, Clarksville, is a returning member of board.
September 23, 2003

As Austin Peay moved into the public phase of the University's first-ever capital campaign this past year, the number of members of the APSU Foundation Board of Trustees grew significantly.

New trustees from Clarksville are Kathy Beach, Dr. Vernon Carrigan, Sherwin Clift,
L.M. Ellis, Kevin Kennedy, Jan Roberts, Ann Ross and David Watson. Jim Amos, Clarksville, is a returning member of board.

Also agreeing to serve on the Foundation are Aubrey Flagg, Columbia; Larry Gates, Nashville; Charles Gearhiser, Chattanooga; David Gleeson, Jamestown, N.C.; Robyn Hulsart, Pataskala, Ohio; John McClarty, Chattanooga; Keri McInnis, Brentwood; Wade Mitchell, Dunwoody, Ga.; the Hon. Larry Potter, Cordova; Larry Richardson, Byhalia, Miss.; Jim Roe, Huntsville, Ala.; Ed Walls, Apopka, Fla.; Robert (Bob) Baumgartner, Memphis; Robley (Rob) Evans, Memphis; and John Campbell, Beachwood, Ohio.

APSU alumna Kathy Martin Beach is the owner of Direct Furniture Sales, Clarksville, and is a member of the National Home Furnishings Association. She and her husband, William, have three grown children, Rebecca, Bill and Rob.

Dr. Vernon Carrigan is an internist and medical director of Premier Medical Group, Clarksville. He earned a bachelor's degree from APSU and his MD from the University of Tennessee Medical School. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Methodist Hospital, Memphis. He is on the board of First Federal Bank and the medical staff of Gateway Health System. In addition to being a member of First Baptist Church, he is a member of the Tennessee Medical Association, American College of Physician Executives, Medical Group Management Association and is an American College of Physicians Fellow. He and his wife, Ruth, have two grown sons, David and Jonathan.

Sherwin Clift is an owner and partner in Keller Williams Realty and co-owner of Clift & Clift Investments. He is a past president of Downtown Kiwanis and a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Clarksville Country Club. A member of the APSU Sports Hall of Fame, he is active in APSU Governors Club and a member of the Tower Club. He was an APSU administrator in 1960-84. He and his wife, Norma, have two grown children, Lamar and Natalie.

L.M. Ellis is president of The Ellis Group Inc., a liquidations consulting company with headquarters in Clarksville. Ellis earned a bachelor's degree from APSU in 1965 and served in the U.S. Army in 1966-68. Before launching his own liquidation-consulting company, he worked 23 years in store management before entering the field of liquidations in 1987. Inducted into the APSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990, he is on the Governors Club Board of Directors and is a member of the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce and former Rotarian. He and his wife, Sallie, have three grown children, Denise, Camilla, John and Dorlisa.

Kevin Kennedy is an attorney with The Kennedy Law Firm PLLC and the owner of Kennedy Walking Horse Farm and Kennedy Rentals. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from APSU and his doctorate of jurisprudence in 1983 from the Nashville School of Law. He is active in the First Baptist Church, Gideons International and Fountain Gate Ministries. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Association of Trial Lawyers of America and Montgomery County Bar Association. He and his wife, Rhonda, have three children, Kevin Jr., 18, Kenny, 14 and Kaitlyn, 11.

Jan Roberts is a banker with Legends Bank. She is a graduate of the School of Banking, University of Wisconsin. She is active in the Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and is on the Saints Alive Board. A CPA, she is a member of the Tennessee Bankers Association, Governors Club, Tower Club and a graduate of Leadership Clarksville. She and her husband, Bill, have two grown children, Jennifer and Josh.

An alumna of Rhodes College, Memphis, and Vanderbilt University, Ann Ross retired from APSU after 30 years as manager of the Book and Supply Store. Recently, APSU's new Book and Supply Store was named in her honor. Ross is chair of APSU's first capital campaign. She is a member of the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church and clerk/treasurer of Grace Chapel Church, Rossview. She also is president of the Episcopal Church Women, Diocese of Tennessee, a member of the steering committee for Women's Services of Gateway Health System and is on the board of directors of the Lisa Ross Birth and Women's Center in Knoxville.

A 1964 alumnus of APSU, David Watson is district president of Old National Bank, previously serving as vice president of marketing. He earned an MBA in 1975 from Middle Tennessee University and is a 1987 graduate of the Mid South School of Banking, Memphis. He is a member of the Cumberland Society of United Way, Paul W. Barret School of Banking Board of Regents, Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council and is active in the APSU capital campaign. Among past activities, he is a 1988 graduate of Leadership Clarksville, board chair of the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center and treasurer of the Downtown Kiwanis Club. He and his wife, Sandra, have two grown daughters, Kisa and Lee.

Nelson Boehms, Adams, is the vice president of commercial lending for Planters Bank, Clarksville. After earning a bachelor's degree from APSU, he attended the Commercial Lending School at East Carolina University, Tennessee Bankers Association School of Advanced Commercial Lending and Vanderbilt's Owen School of Management. He is a 2000 Leadership Clarksville graduate, a member of Hilldale United Methodist Church and treasurer-elect of the Downtown Kiwanis Club. He is president of the Montgomery County Chapter of the APSU National Alumni Association, director and vice president of the Governors Club and vice chair of the Tennessee Board of Regents Federation of Alumni Associations. He and his wife, Deborah, have three children, Charlie, Analena and Samuel.

Bob Baumgartner is manager of The Kroger Co., Memphis. He earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from APSU and served in the U.S. Air Force. He is a member of the Germantown Baptist Church and the Collierville Rotary Club. He and his wife, Mary Ann, have two grown children, Beck and Greg.

Aubrey Flagg is an associate professor of geography at Columbia State Community College. He graduated from APSU in 1968 and earned a master's degree from UT-Knoxville in 1971. He is a member of the Association of American Geographers and the National Geography Society. He's received many awards at CSCC, including being named “Faculty of the Year” several times and recipient of the first Distinguished Faculty Award in 1978. His wife, Judy, is an APSU alumna and a retired schoolteacher.

Larry Gates is in his second career as investments adviser and vice president of Heidtke and Co. Inc., Nashville. He retired in 1985 from DuPont Co. after 33 years. An APSU alumnus, he also served in the U.S. Navy. Gates writes and performs first-person monologues of Biblical characters. During 30 years of this unique ministry, he has performed for more than 100,000 people. He and his wife, Beverly, have two adult children, Jan and Ken.

The first attorney in Tennessee to be certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Charles Gearhiser is a founding member of the Chattanooga firm of Gearhiser, Peters, Lockaby & Tallant. As an APSU undergraduate, Gearhiser was president of the Student Government Association. He graduated first in his class from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he was named to the Order of the Coif and the Tennessee Law Review. A member of the Tennessee Bar Association since 1962, he has served on the Board of Governors and was president, president-elect and vice president. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Chattanooga, Tennessee and American Trial Lawyers associations. He is a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers and a founding member of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a founding member and former president of the Chattanooga Bar Association. Gearhiser and his wife, Joy, have three grown children.

A 1964 graduate of APSU, David Gleeson is president of Morflex Inc. of Greensboro, N.C. Prior to his current position, Gleeson was director of sales and marketing for Reilly Industries of Indianapolis, the parent company of Morflex. He earned a master's degree from Illinois Institute of Technology and an MBA from Loyola University, Chicago. He is a member of the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association Board of Governors, American Chemical Society, Commercial Development Association and the Drug, Chemical and Allied Trade Association. The father of two sons, Ryan and Bradley, Gleeson is on the board of directors of the Greensboro Symphony and is a member of the Greensboro Rotary Club. Previously, he was active in the Jaycees on the local, state and national levels. He lives in Jamestown, N.C.

Dr. Robyn Wessum Hulsart, Columbus, is an associate professor of finance and accounting and chair of the Division of Business of Ohio Dominican University. She earned a master's degree from Webster College and an education doctorate from the University of Nebraska. President of the Columbus Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the American Society of Women Accountants, she is married to Bruce Hulsart.

APSU alumnus John McClarty, Chattanooga, is an attorney at law in private practice. As a licensed minister in the AME Church, he also works as the associate pastor of Warren Chapel AME Church, Chattanooga. A veteran of the U.S. Army, McClarty earned a jurisdoctorate, with honors, from the Southern University School of Law. He is a certified civil trial specialist with the Tennessee Commission CLE and Specialization. He also is a board certified trial specialist with the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a member of the Chattanooga Bar Association and is a board member and past president of the Chattanooga Trial Lawyers Association. McClarty and his wife, Juanita, have four grown children.

APSU alumna Keri McInnis was named senior vice president and marketing manager for the Green Hills Office of Pinnacle Financial Partners in December 2002. Prior to that, she was vice president and branch manager, Green Hills Office, Union Planters Bank. She was honored for her involvement in community activities by her selection for “Business Nashville” magazine's “30 Under 30” list, which recognizes Middle Tennessee's most outstanding young business and community leaders. She is an active member of the Junior League of Nashville. She also is a member of the United Way Sennet Society and Brentwood Baptist Church. Previous community leadership activities include her service on the boards of directors of the Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Symphony Guild, Associate Board of Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee and PENCIL Foundation. McInnis is past president of the Nashville Chapter, APSU National Alumni Association, and she received the APSU Outstanding Young Alumna Award for 2002.

A 1969 graduate of APSU with a bachelor's degree in accounting, Wade M. Mitchell is the chief financial officer for Purchasing Partners Inc., Atlanta. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Georgia Society of GPAs. He and his wife, Bonnie, have two children.

The Hon. Larry Potter received a bachelor's degree from UT-Martin in 1969 and a master's degree in administration/supervision from APSU in 1972. In 1977 he earned a law degree from Memphis State University School of Law. In addition to private practice, he has served the city of Memphis as public defender, assistant city prosecutor and assistant city attorney. He was appointed to the bench in 1982, where he served as Memphis City Court Administrative Judge and, concurrently, as Division II Judge. Since 1991, he has served as judge of the newly created Division XIV Shelby County Environmental Court and has traveled across the country, helping create environmental courts in other states. He is chair of the American Bar Association, Judicial Administrative Division, Environmental Law Committee and is a member of the Memphis Bar Association. He also serves on the Shelby County Pension Board. He has published in numerous law reviews and is the producer and host of “The Law,” a television program on Memphis cable.

Larry Richardson, who lives in Byhalia, Miss., is director of field operations and program support for Ducks Unlimited Inc. of Memphis. He earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree in biology from APSU. As an Austin Peay student, he served two terms as president of the Student Government Association. After graduation, he served two terms as president of the APSU National Alumni Association. During 1969-70, he was director of the APSU University Center. He is married to the former Roberta Butler, who also earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English from APSU. Richardson has one child, Rob.

A physicist and information technology specialist, James M. (Jim) Roe Jr. works in management for Computer Sciences Corporation, Huntsville, Ala. He earned a bachelor's degree from APSU, with a double major in physics and mathematics, and an MBA from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Previous work experience includes stints with Intergraph Corporation, Federal Electric Corporation and the U.S. Army Missile Command. Since 1993, he has been a member of the APSU National Alumni Association, serving 10 years as president of the Greater Birmingham Chapter. Among his many community activities, he is on the board of governors for CROSS Community Store, a nonprofit thrift store, and is scouting coordinator for Ford's Chapel United Methodist Church. He served on the National Eagle Scout Scholarship Selection Committee for the Boy Scouts of America during 1990-99 and was president and vice president of the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital Chapter of the National Management Association.

Ed Walls is the general manager of Monterey Mushrooms Inc., Zellwood, Fla., and CEO of Black Watch Properties LLC, Apopka, Fla. Walls, who earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from APSU in 1987, played football for the Governors. In 1999-01, he served as president of the National Maquiladora Association of Mexico. A member of the board of directors of the Florida Hospital Foundation, Walls was named to both “Who's Who International” and “Who's Who Worldwide.” He and his wife, Denise, have a 3 year-old son, Jefferson Edward.

A software sales manager for IBM, Robley (Rob) Evans, Memphis, earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from APSU in 1995 and an MBA from the University of Memphis in 1997. He is a member of the University of Memphis Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Blues Foundation Board of Directors. He is active in the local Red Cross chapter, serving on its board of directors. Evans and his wife, Kerri, have a baby son, Robley Luke.

John Edward Campbell is the president and CEO of NorthEast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a bachelor's degree from APSU and a master's degree in public health from the University of Michigan. Campbell served in the U.S. Army during 1963-65. He and his wife, Linda, have a grown son, Edward.

The primary purpose of the APSU Foundation is to enhance the financial well being of the University. Roy Gregory, executive director for University advancement, serves as director of the Foundation and is an ex officio member of the executive committee.

For more information, telephone Gregory at 7127.
Dennie Burke