Governor Haslam Names Jackson State’s Raines to TBR

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of seven new members to Tennessees higher education boards. Among the seven were Jackson States Dr. Bob Raines who will serve as a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR).

The other six appointments include Evan Cope and Adam Jarvis to serve as new members of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission(THEC); Vicky Gregg, Shalin Shah and Victoria Steinberg to serve as new members of the University of Tennessee (UT) Board of Trustees; and Ashley Humphrey to serve at TBR.

Raines is an associate professor of psychology at Jackson State Community College, where he joined the faculty in 2004, and chaired the Faculty Council for 2011-2012. He received his bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a licensed psychologist and has worked in a variety of mental health settings. Raines lives in Malesus with his wife, Kate, and will serve as the faculty representative on the Tennessee Board of Regents.

The governor serves as chairman of the board of directors for the TBR and UT systems, and in July, Haslam announced his focus on post-secondary education in Tennessee, particularly in the areas of affordability, access, quality and workforce development.

‘While college isnt for everyone, when only 23 percent of Tennesseans have a degree from a four-year institution, we need to do a better job of preparing more students to go to college and to graduate,’ Haslam said. ‘I appreciate the willingness of these men and women to serve the state, and I look forward to working with them as we work to tackle these complex issues.’