Hargett to deliver commencement address
Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 12:00 am
Tre Hargett, Secretary of State for the State of Tennessee, will deliver Bethel University’s Commencement address during the school’s summer exercises Saturday.
Hargett was elected by the Tennessee General Assembly to serve as Tennessee’s 37th Secretary of State in 2009. Hargett is the chief executive officer of the Department of State with oversight of nearly 400 employees. He also serves on 15 boards and commissions, and as the presiding member of the Tennessee Local Development Authority and the Public Records Commission.
Since elected Secretary of State, he has made it his priority to increase transparency in state government by working with his colleagues in making the proceedings of numerous boards and commissions more accessible to the public.
In his office he promotes a culture that places a premium on customer service, and leveraging technology to create efficiencies that cause savings for the taxpayers and those individuals and businesses who conduct business with the Department of State.
In 2010, Hargett was chosen as a Henry Toll Fellow, an honor given to 40 of the nation’s top state government officials. Additionally, he is a member of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) where he serves as Treasurer and serves on the board of directors of the American Council of Young Political Leaders. Secretary Hargett has also been recognized for his support of National History Day.
Previously, Hargett served as chairman of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. Prior to joining the Tennessee Regulatory Authority he was regional vice president for a publicly traded emergency services provider. It was in this role that he had oversight of more than 500 employees and $50 million in revenues.
Hargett also served for 10 years in the Tennessee House of Representatives, during which time he was twice elected Republican leader by his colleagues. Hargett sponsored or co-sponsored numerous bills over the course of his service. He also co-sponsored Senate Joint Resolution One, which allowed for a statewide constitutional amendment permitting local governments to initiate property tax relief for senior citizens.
Hargett earned a B.B.A. in accounting with honors from Memphis State University and his M.B.A. from the University of Memphis where he was recently honored as Outstanding Young Alumnus.
Commencement exercises will be at 2 p.m. in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp Arena at the school’s McKenzie campus.
Seating for commencement will begin at 1 and the processional lineup (for both students and faculty) will also be at 1. Guest entrance is through the main doors of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment adjacent to Crisp Arena and graduate entrance will be through the main doors of Crisp Arena.
For more information about Bethel University’s Summer 2012 Commencement, contact Myra Carlock at (731) 352-4090 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The WCP 7.31.12