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UT Martin plans summer graduation

UT Martin plans summer graduation
Dr. Karen Bowyer, Dyersburg State Community College president, will deliver the summer commencement address at the University of Tennessee at?Martin at 11 a.m., Aug. 9, in the Elam Center on the UT?Martin campus. Dr. John Petersen, University of Tennessee president, will attend the ceremony to congratulate the 200 summer graduates. Dr. Thomas Rakes, UT?Martin chancellor, will preside over the exercises and confer degrees. Dr. Jerry Gresham, Univer-sity of Tennessee National Alumni Association Alumni Distinguished Service Professor, will be the macebearer. Proces-sional marshals will be Dr. Kathy Evans, faculty senate president; Dr. Elaine Harriss, faculty senate past president; Al Hooten, vice chancellor for finance and administration; and Len Solomons, vice chancellor for university advancement. Immediately following the commencement ceremony, a reception will be hosted in Skyhawk Fieldhouse. Bowyer became interim president of Dyersburg State Community College in 1984 and president in 1986. She received a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Knox College, a master of arts in mathematics from Rutgers and a doctorate in mathematics education from the University of Alabama. She serves as a board member of the Southern Association of Community, Junior and Technical Colleges (SACJTC); member, Executive Council of the Commission on Colleges for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS); board member, National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality/Integrity (NACQI) for the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Northwest Tennessee P-16 Council. Active in community life, she is a member and past president of the Dyer County YMCA board of directors; member, Dyer County Historical Society; vice president for education for the Dyersburg/Dyer County Area Chamber of Commerce; Dyer County United Way chair; and a member of the Kiwanis and Giving Friends clubs. She is a graduate of the Dyer County Leadership Program (class of 1997), and a former member of the Education Foundation for Dyer County and American Heart Association Board for Dyer County.

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