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VOL. 42 | NO. 28 | Friday, July 13, 2018

Y-12 Credit Union hires member services director

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Bill Beatty has joined Y-12 Federal Credit Union as the director of remote member services and call center.

His primary responsibilities will be to manage the contact center and the personal teller machine teams.

Beatty previously worked for Conduent BPO, Bank of America and CertusBank, and has more than 20 years of experience in the contact center and financial services industries.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s in business administration and management from Charter University.

Hayden to receive UT honorary doctorate


Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Tennessee.

Hayden is the first woman and first African-American to hold the post.

She was appointed the 14th librarian of Congress in 2016 by President Barack Obama and is responsible for the world’s largest library, housing the nation’s collection of more than 160 million items. She is the first professional librarian to be named librarian of Congress since 1974.

She began her library career at the Chicago Public Library. After more than a decade, she left Chicago for a four-year stint as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh before returning to serve as chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library.

Hayden then went to Baltimore, where she spent more than 20 years as head of its public library system. She served as president of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004 and served as a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board.

Coverant’s Geppi makes ‘CFOs to Know’ list


John Geppi, Covenant Health executive vice president and chief financial officer, has been named to a national list of 150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know.

The list is published by Becker’s Hospital Review and appears annually in the health care magazine, which covers business news for hospital and health system executives.

Geppi became executive vice president and CFO of Covenant Health in 2000. During his tenure, the health system has invested more than $1.3 billion in facilities, equipment and medical/clinical technology.

Covenant Health has provided more than $3 billion in community/economic benefit over the past five years, including $730 million in uncompensated care, $13 million in community/charitable contributions and nearly $3 billion in employees, salaries and benefits. The health system has received an “A” rating with stable outlook – the highest bond rating among East Tennessee healthcare organizations – from S&P Global and Fitch.

Geppi’s professional experience includes financial and operational management, physician practice management, strategic financial planning, managed care and other health care ventures.

He was named CFO of the Year by the Knoxville chapter of Financial Executives International and the Greater Knoxville Business Journal in 2012.

Rogero selects Kallet as Knoxville poet laureate


Marilyn Kallet has been named Knoxville’s poet laureate by Mayor Madeline Rogero.

She will succeed R.B. Morris, who is the first to hold the position, when his term expires at the end of this month.

Kallet is an acclaimed poet and professor in the University of Tennessee’s English department, and she was the director of the creative writing program.

“I am so pleased to announce Marilyn’s appointment as our next Poet Laureate,” Rogero says. “She is a great and gifted writer, and she has been a champion for poetry’s ability to bring people together and help heal individuals and communities. She loves Knoxville and East Tennessee, and I can’t wait to read and hear the work she will produce as Poet Laureate.”

Kallet’s degrees are from Tufts University, the Sorbonne and Rutgers (where she earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature.) She joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee in 1981 and became professor emerita July 1.

“I’m honored to serve as Knoxville’s Poet Laureate!” Kallet says. “R.B. Morris is a hard act to follow, but I am already composing praise songs for every leaf, feather and stone in our city. And our mayor? When I see the image of Mayor Rogero’s face greeting me at the airport, I know I’m home! She gives me hope. She told me I was the ‘face of Knoxville,’ but every one of us is the face of the city.”

Computer expert honored for service


The program director of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility has been given the Secretary’s Appreciation award for four decades of service.

Arthur “Buddy” Bland has been honored for providing high-performance computing resources for science.

Bland led the project to deliver the Summit supercomputer, launched June 8 at ORNL as “the world’s most powerful and smartest supercomputer” with a peak performance capability of 200 petaflops, or 200,000 trillion calculations per second. Summit was listed No. 1 in the TOP500 list released last week.

Bland was cited by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry for his work “in recognition of nearly 40 years of leadership in delivering high performance computing resources to address the nation’s science and engineering challenges across a wide array of disciplines and for critical contributions to the success of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility and sustained U.S. leadership in high performance computing and computational science.”

Bland also worked with the previously-ranked top supercomputer Titan, and with Jaguar, which was the first unclassified computer system in the United States to achieve the No. 1 TOP500 ranking.

“Buddy is responsible for bringing up every high-performance computing system at ORNL during the past quarter century, starting with Paragon in the 1990s. He has been foundational to the establishment and success of ORNL’s National Center for Computational Sciences, as well as the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, and this recognition from Secretary Perry is most richly deserved,” says ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia.

Bland, a former U.S. Air Force captain, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Partin named principal at Shannondale Elementary


Knox County Schools have announced several new appointments for the upcoming school year.

April Partin is the new principal of Shannondale Elementary School. She joined Knox County Schools in 2001 as a teacher at A.L. Lotts Elementary School.

Partin taught several years at A.L. Lotts and served as a lead teacher and began her career in administration in 2012 when she was appointed assistant principal there. She also served as an assistant principal at Green Magnet Academy.

She was selected to be part of the Leadership Academy in 2017 and placed at Karns Elementary School as an assistant principal.


Partin holds a communications degree and a master’s degree in elementary education, both from the University of Tennessee, and an education specialist degree in educational administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.


Dexter Murphy is the new principal of Maynard Elementary School, having served as upper school dean at Emerald Academy.

He joined Knox County Schools in 2009 as a teacher at Pond Gap Elementary School and was selected to be part of the Leadership Academy in 2013 and placed at Vine Middle School as an assistant principal. He also served as an assistant principal at Sarah Moore Greene Academy and principal of Green Magnet Academy.

John Bartlett is the new supervisor of secondary education.

He joined Knox County Schools in 2008 as principal of Bearden High School, where he has served the last 10 years. Previously, he was principal of Loudon County High School and worked as a teacher in Bledsoe County. Prior to entering the education field, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves for 12 years.

Christopher Deal is the new principal of Lonsdale Elementary.

Deal joined Knox County Schools in 2012 as a teacher at Hardin Valley Elementary School.

He taught fifth grade at Hardin Valley Elementary and served as a lead teacher. He was selected to be part of the Leadership Academy in 2014 and placed at Dogwood Elementary School as an assistant principal.

Megan O’Dell, previously principal at Shannondale, is the new principal of Brickey-McCloud Elementary School.

She joined Knox County Schools in 2004 as a teacher at East Knox County Elementary School and has also served as a teacher at Sunnyview Primary School, a TAP master teacher at Sarah Moore Greene Elementary School and a curriculum coach at South Knoxville Elementary School.

O’Dell holds a degree in elementary education from Carson-Newman University, a master’s degree in education from Tusculum College and an education specialist degree in educational leadership from UT.

Deborah Adorante is the new principal of Farragut Intermediate School.

She joined Knox County Schools in 2000 and has taught at Hardin Valley Elementary, Karns Primary and Bluegrass Elementary.

Adorante has worked as a teacher in a variety of school settings in Tennessee and South Carolina including public, private and Department of Defense.

She served as a Knox County Schools curriculum facilitator and instructional coach until 2012 when she was appointed assistant principal at Farragut Intermediate.

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