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UT Martin alumna named UTAA president


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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Alumni Association’s board of governors selected University of Tennessee at Martin alumna Betsy Brasher as the organization’s new president for the 2017-18 academic year.

“I have had the privilege of working with Betsy for more than 10 years, and I am convinced she is a great choice to lead and represent our alumni,” said Kerry Witcher, UTAA assistant vice president for alumni affairs. “Beyond dedicated, Betsy is a tremendous ambassador for UT Martin and the entire UT System.”

Brasher is a 1998 and 2003 UT Martin graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in economics and a Master of Business Administration. She currently works as a senior vice president and relationship manager for First Tennessee Bank in Memphis.

Brasher first served on the UTAA board of governors in 2009-10 as chair of the UTAA Women's Council. In 2013-14, she served as treasurer and held positions on the UTAA finance and engagement committees. Prior to her service on the board, Brasher was active with the UT Martin Alumni Council and served as president in 2005. In 2016, she was named president-elect to serve alongside previous UTAA President Kimbrough Dunlap.

Part of the University of Tennessee Foundation, the University of Tennessee Alumni Association began in 1836 and is one of the oldest alumni associations in the country. The association has grown to serve more than 370,000 former students who have studied at UT System campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin, Memphis and Tullahoma. The UTAA board of governors, led by the UTAA president and consisting of 32 members, manages the affairs and finances of the association.

The UTAA board of governors also elected three additional executive officers.

John Staley (UT Chattanooga, ’93) is now president-elect. He resides in Knoxville and is president and chief executive officer of Champion Physical Therapy. Along with being past president of the UT Chattanooga Physical Therapy Alumni Association, Staley served on the UT Chattanooga Alumni Council and board of directors. He is also involved with the UTAA Career Services Career Guide Program and has served on the UTAA annual giving, communications, marketing services and engagement committees.

Delmont Jones (UT Knoxville, ’97) has been elected UTAA treasurer. Jones resides in Nashville and is a recruiting manager for Ettain Group. He has been active with the Davidson County alumni chapter and served as president of the Nashville Region UT Knoxville alumni chapter. Jones has also served on the UTAA communications, engagement, marketing services and nominating committees.

Kimbrough Dunlap III is now the organization’s past president and chair of annual giving. Dunlap resides in Brentwood and recently retired after the sale of his company, American Cellular. He has been an active member of the Davidson County Alumni Chapter and served as chapter president in 2008-09. He currently serves as a member of the Alumni Legislative Council and has served on the UTAA annual giving and communications committees.

For additional information, contact Chandra Harris-McCray, executive director of communications for the UT Foundation, at 865-974-2899 or by email at


PHOTO ID: Betsy Brasher (UT Martin, ’98, ’03) has been named president of the University of Tennessee Alumni Association, which leads more than 370,000 alumni from UT System campuses across the state.

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