Governor appoints Humphrey to Tennessee Board of Regents

Posted by Lori Shull - Friday, August 31 2012

thumb AshleyHumphreySenior accounting major Ashley Humphrey will take the seat on the Tennessee Board of Regents recently held by two other Tennessee Tech University students.

Gov. Bill Haslam appointed the Soddy Daisy native to the board, replacing TTU senior Lee Gatts, who held the position last year. She will give a voice to the more than 200,000 students in the TBR system.

“The Board of Regents governs a majority of the public higher education institutions in Tennessee, and the fact that so few students know that makes me nervous,” Humphrey said. “Students need to know they have a voice in how their school is run.”

“Students communicate in a variety of ways. Social networking is becoming increasingly important to my generation, and it’s something I’m really passionate about.”

In addition to wanting to work to improve communication between students and the Board of Regents, Humphrey wants to try to improve communication between the universities, community colleges and technology centers in the system.

“If we see something working really well on one campus, we should determine the feasibility of implementing that idea at other institutions,” she said. “We’re sister schools; we need to work together.”

Humphrey is the third TTU student to hold the position in four years. Sean Ochsenbein held it in 2009-2010.

Haslam appointed Humphrey to the 18-member board at the end of August. She will hold the position until the summer of 2013.

In addition to her duties as student regent, she is the vice president of the TTU Student Government Association, a TTU President’s Ambassador, a campus tour guide and a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. She is an intern at Cravens and Company Wealth Management in Cookeville, and she served on the advisory committee for the TTU presidential search earlier this year. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in business administration.

She is the daughter of Eugene and Sharyl Smith and a 2009 graduate of Soddy Daisy High School.

The TBR is the nation’s sixth largest higher education system. It includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 27 technology centers, and offers programs in 90 of Tennessee’s 95 counties. The board is comprised of representatives of each of Tennessee’s congressional districts and grand divisions and has one student and one faculty regent.