UT Alumni Association Names New Officers

The University of Tennessee National Alumni Association approved new officers at its June 27 board meeting in Knoxville.

James “Jim” H. Duke will lead the UTNAA as president in 2003-04, following this year-s term as president-elect. Also taking office on July 1 will be President-Elect Spruell Driver, Vice President R. Carter Runyan, and Treasurer Vicky Shelton. They join David Noblit, UTNAA Chair of Annual Giving, as leaders of the more than 300,000 members of the UTNAA.

Duke, a 1973 graduate of UT Knoxville, is vice president of sales for Hardwood Flooring Manufacturing in Memphis. He has held several leadership positions for the UTNAA including treasurer, president of the Memphis-Shelby County alumni chapter and member of the Chancellor-s Roundtable at Memphis. He and his wife, Peggy, have two children and live in Memphis.

President-Elect Spruell Driver is a 1987 alumnus of the College of Engineering. A graduate of Duke University School of Law, he is an attorney with Miller and Martin in Nashville. He has served as treasurer of the UTNAA and is a member of its Board of Governors. He and his wife, Elaine (Knoxville -85), live in Nashville with their daughter.

Vice President R. Carter Runyan, a 1978 graduate of UT Knoxville, is a partner in the firm of Jackson and Runyan, Certified Public Accountants, in Athens, Tenn. He has served as president and vice president of the McMinn County Chapter of the UTNAA and as a member of the UTNAA Board of Governors and Executive Committee. He and his wife Cynthia have two children and live in Athens.

Treasurer Vicky Shelton is a 1980 graduate of the College of Pharmacy in Memphis. She is a past president of the Knox County Chapter of the UTNAA and current president of the College of Pharmacy Alumni Board. A pharmacist at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, she lives in Knoxville.

Chattanooga attorney David Noblit is the new chair of annual giving. His primary role is to serve as the volunteer leader of all fundraising efforts for the Association. A Chattanooga alumnus, he is a senior member at Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC. He was president of the UTNAA for 2002-03, served as UTNAA treasurer, and was 1997-98 president of the UTC Alumni Council. He and his wife, Nancy, have four children and live on Lookout Mountain.

“Our alumni leaders play a vital role in helping us achieve our scorecard goals, particularly in the area of fundraising,” said President John Shumaker. “I congratulate these outstanding new officers and look forward to working with them.”