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Bredesen names 4 new trustees to University of Tennessee board


Gov. Phil Bredesen has named four businessmen, including a former state Democratic Party chairman, to fill vacancies on the University of Tennessee board of trustees, Bredesen’s office announced Monday.

The four new trustees are Charles Anderson Jr., Douglas Horne, George Cates and Robert Talbott.

Horne, who served as state Democratic chairman from 1999 to 2000, is the president and CEO of Horne Properties, a real estate development and management company in Knoxville. He earned a degree in industrial management from UT.

He is replacing William B. Stokely, who was appointed in 2001.

Anderson is the president and CEO of Knoxville-based Anderson Media, a distributor of magazines and books. He earned a business administration degree from UT and serves on the Country Music Association’s board of directors.

Anderson is replacing Jim Haslam, a trustee since 1980 who has served as chairman.

Cates founded the Cates Co. in 1977, and was CEO and chairman of the company, later known as Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc., until he retired. He earned an industrial engineering degree from Georgia Tech and has served as the chairman of Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and the vice chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.

Cates replaces Johnnie Amonette, who has served as trustee since 1995.

Talbott, of Knoxville, is the president of Holrob Investments, real estate development company. He earned a bachelor and law degree from UT and replaces Susan Richardson-Williams, who has served since 1995.

As governor, Bredesen is chairman of the UT board of trustees. The board governs the University of Tennessee system, which consists of the flagship campus in Knoxville, campuses in Chattanooga and Martin, the Health Science Center in Memphis and the Space Institute in Tullahoma.

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