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Vickerstaff, Brannon sworn in as new University of Tennessee Trustees

Faculty and student representatives on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees recently were sworn in at the UTM by Weakley County Judge Tommy Moore following appointments by Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Dr. Susan Vickerstaff, of Martin, chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice and an associate professor of social work, was named the faculty representative. Lauren Brannon, a junior marketing major from Alamo, Tenn., is the student representative. UTM fills these positions every four years.

“ Dr. Vickerstaff served as faculty senate president during the previous academic year,” said UTM Chancellor Nick Dunagan. “She was effective in that role, and I expect her to be equally effective as faculty representative on the UT Board of Trustees. She is a respected department head, faculty member and campus leader,” he added. “The board will value her involvement during the coming year.”

Vickerstaff came to UTM in 1994. She has degrees from Mississippi University of Women, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama.

Brannon is a member of Chi Omega sorority and Mu Kappa Tau, the National Marketing Honors Society.

Also, she is a member of the University Singers and the New Pacer Singers and has been involved in community service projects.

“Lauren is an excellent choice by Gov. Bredesen for student trustee,” said Dunagan.

“She was valedictorian of her graduating class at Crockett County High School, and she has continued her academic success as a marketing major at UTM. Besides being a top student, Lauren has distinguished herself as a leader by being involved in many campus activities,” he added.

“She will do a great job of representing all UT students as a board of trustee member.”