Rhedona Rose, ’84 agriculture, named to Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees
“Tennessee Tech University is a jewel for the Upper Cumberland, as well as the entire Southeast,” Rose said. “I’m incredibly honored by and grateful for the faith and confidence demonstrated by Gov. Bill Haslam’s nomination and the General Assembly’s confirmation. As a Tech graduate, I’m excited to get to work for the Tennessee Tech students, faculty, staff, alumni and community.”
Rose was nominated by Haslam, and confirmed by the Senate yesterday and the House this morning.
In 1984, Rose graduated from Tennessee Tech with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. She also holds a master’s degree from Texas A&M.
The first female executive to lead the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, Rose began working at Tennessee Farm Bureau in 1986 and became director of public policy and chief lobbyist in 1995. She served in that capacity until she was named executive vice president in December 2010, being named chief administrative officer in 2017. Tennessee Farm Bureau is the largest farm bureau in the United States.
From 2014 to this year, Rose served on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees.
She will serve the remainder of the term previously held by Millard Oakley, which will expire in 2020.