From staff reports

Hunter Wright, retired civil engineer and five-term mayor of Kingsport,

has been chosen president of the University of Tennessee National Alumni

Association.

UT President Joe Johnson said Wright, a 1961 graduate of UT, will serve

as UTNAA's president for one year, and then become the association's top

fundraiser as chair of the Annual Giving Program.

"Hunter Wright takes the leadership of the UTNAA at an important

time," Johnson said. "He is the right choice to guide the association

as it captures and maintains the momentum generated by the successful 21st

century fund raising campaign."

David M. Roberts, senior associate vice president for alunmi affairs,

said Dr. Ron Kirland of Jackson is the UTNAA's new president-elect, which

puts him in line for the presidency next year.

Other new UTNAA officers are Lynne Fain of Knoxville, vice president;

Ray Marcrom, Manchester, treasurer; and Gary Doble, Springfield, chair of

annual giving.

Wright's wife, Sylvia, also graduated from UT in 1961. She is a former

chair of the UTNAA's Women's Council.

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