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J. Stanley Rogers Elected Vice-Chair of Tennessee Board of Regents
Expects to Lead TBR System toward More Efficient Management in Lean Times

Stanley Rogers, Vice-Chair of Tennessee Board of RegentsNashville, Tennessee, June 27, 2003-J. Stanley Rogers of Manchester, Tennessee was elected by acclamation today to the position of vice-chair of the Tennessee Board of Regents. In accepting the position, Rogers said, "This is truly an honor, and I am humbled by the confidence the board has shown in me. It is an honor to serve with and lead a group that I know works every single day on some aspect of managing the TBR system. Ours is a big responsibility, and ultimately the reason we devote so much time and thought to our board membership is the 180,000 students we serve. I pledge to spend as much time on this job as it takes to do it right, and our outgoing vice-chair, R. Jack Fishman, has set the performance bar for vice-chairs very high. I believe the next 12 months, and probably beyond, will be lean ones financially, but just as all of us manage our own businesses more efficiently when times are hard, so must we manage the board and our institutions more efficiently in service to the people of Tennessee."

Rogers was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by Governor Ned McWherter in 1994 and was reappointed by Governor Don Sundquist in 2000. He has been chair of the Committee on Academic Policies and Programs since September 2002. He played a strong leadership role in TBR's Defining Our Future process, which resulted in a number of initiatives to make the system more efficient and more effective given limited state appropriations. The Tennessee Board of Regents is chaired by Governor Phil Bredesen. Historically, the vice-chair has been the day-to-day leader of the board, and that is expected to continue.

Rogers, who has practiced law in Manchester, Tennessee, for 30 years, is a senior partner with Rogers and Duncan. He was a member and Chairman of the Tennessee Appellate Court Judicial Selection Commission and currently serves as a member of the State of Tennessee Appellate Court Judicial Evaluation Commission.

Rogers served for six years in the Tennessee House of Representatives. He was majority leader during the 88th and 89th General Assemblies. He and his wife, Pat, have three children.

The Tennessee Board of Regents is the nation's sixth largest higher education system, governing 45 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 26 technology centers, providing programs in 90 of Tennessee's 95 counties to over 180,000 students.