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Former UT Board Member Says More Women Needed

Anne Holt Blacburn
Anne Holt Blacburn
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former University of Tennessee trustee says more women should be appointed to the board.

There are thousands more women than men enrolled on the four UT campuses, but only seven women sit on the 26-member board that oversees the operations of the state's nameplate university.

Well-known mid-state television news anchor Anne Holt Blackburn, cycled off the board when her six-year term expired in June. She says female members are more passionate about certain issues than men on the board are, and the women think differently about issues.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that since taking office, Gov. Bill Haslam has maintained the status quo, appointing three men and one woman to replace the same number of each gender whose terms expired. He has not yet appointed Blackburn's replacement.