MTSU Governing Board
Andrew “Andy” Adams is the former Chairman and CEO of National Healthcare Corp. and former CEO of both National Health Investors Inc. and National Health Realty Inc. He serves on the board of directors of Lipscomb University, SunTrust Bank, and Boy Scouts of America. Adams holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration, both from MTSU.
J.B. Baker is CEO and owner of Sprint Logistics. He attended Martin Junior College and earned his bachelor’s from MTSU. He is the former owner and chairman of the board for Volunteer Express and Associated Companies, having worked at the company for 30 years. He has served on a number of professional and civic boards, including Martin Methodist College, Goodwill Industries, Saint Thomas Hospital Health Services Fund, and the Nashville Symphony.
Pete DeLay is a Principal at Lynwood Ventures, LLC., a Nashville based investment management company. Previously he led the Nashville office of Forterra Building Products, and before that, he was the president and owner of Sherman-Dixie Concrete Industries Inc. He previously served on the board of trustees of the University of the Sewanee-University of the South and he currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Montgomery Bell Academy where he is Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign.
Darrell Freeman Sr., Vice Chairman, is the Executive Chairman of Zycron Inc., an information technology services and solutions firm based in Nashville. He served on the Tennessee Board of Regents, as well as a number of boards and committees in middle Tennessee. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MTSU.
Joey A. Jacobs is the Chairman and CEO of Acadia Healthcare. With prior postings in Hospital Corporation of America’s Tennessee Division and Psychiatric Solutions Inc., he was awarded MTSU’s Jennings A. Jones Champion of Free Enterprise Award in 2013. He serves on the board of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Jacobs received his bachelor’s degree from MTSU.
Tony V. Johnston, Faculty Trustee, is a professor in the School of Agriculture in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. In addition to the nominees by the governor, MTSU’s Faculty Senate elected Dr. Johnston as the first faculty representative of the Board of Trustees.
Christine Karbowiak is Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Risk Officer, Executive Vice President, and Vice Chair - board of directors of Bridgestone Americas Inc. She is active in community organizations and has served on the boards of the Tennessee State Museum Foundation, Japan America Society of Tennessee, Tennessee Business Roundtable, and Franklin American Music City Bowl. She holds bachelor’s, master’s, and law degrees from the University of Illinois.
Stephen B. Smith, Chairman, is Chair of the board of Haury and Smith Contractors Inc. He has served on the board of the Metropolitan Nashville Planning Commission and Regional Transit Authority and chaired the board of directors of Metropolitan Nashville Parks and Recreation. He graduated from MTSU and was awarded the Jennings A. Jones Champion of Free Enterprise Award in 2010.
Peyton J. Tracy, Student Trustee, is a native of Murfreesboro and graduated from MTSU in May 2018 with a Bachelor of
Science in Organizational Communication. He is pursuing his MBA at MTSU and is a
Graduate Assistant in the Marketing Department in the Jennings A. Jones College of
Business. Tracy served as a representative and senator in the Student Government
Association, and as a Blue Elite tour guide. He is currently the Blue Elite Site
Pamela J. Wright founded Wright Travel. She was an employee of the Tennessee Department of Corrections before opening her first travel agency. The agency has since grown to 28 offices spanning seven states. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from MTSU.