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Workforce Development Committee

A native of Newbern, Tennessee, Larry Autry attended the Industrial Maintenance program at what is now known as TCAT Newbern during the years 1991 and 1992. Autry graduated from Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration degree. Autry is an Industrial Electricity instructor at TCAT Ripley where he teaches basic electrical theory, motor controls, Residential Wiring, National Electrical Code and Programmable Logic Controllers.

Regent Larry Autry

Dr. Barbara Prescott was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by Governor Bill Haslam, representing the eighth congressional district.

Prescott is presently the Executive Director of PeopleFirst Partnership, the education and talent arm of Memphis Fast Forward.  As Executive Director, she leads the organization in identifying and advocating for “breakthrough” initiatives to improve educational outcomes in Memphis and Shelby County.

Barbara Prescott

Dr. MaryLou Apple was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to represent the 6th congressional district, completing the term recently vacated.  She has 37 years of service with the Tennessee Board of Regents system – first with Walters State Community College as an associate professor of nursing, dean, and eventually vice president for Academic Affairs, and later as president of Motlow State Community College (2006-2015).

Danni B. Varlan was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents on September 29, 2010, representing the second congressional district and was reappointed to serve a second term in 2013.

Varlan

Tom Griscom was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents on September 30, 2010, by Governor Phil Bredesen representing the third congressional district.

Griscom currently is a media and communications consultant.  He resigned from the Chattanooga Times Free Press in June 2010 after eleven years as Publisher and Executive Editor.

Tom Griscom

Joey Hatch was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by Governor Bill Haslam in 2017, representing the 7th congressional district. 

Hatch serves as Executive Vice President/General Manager for Skanska USA in the Midwest United States, overseeing offices in Tennessee and Ohio.

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