MTSU Governing Board
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.
Thomas R. “Tom” Boyd is an investment advisor representative with Decker Wealth Management in Nashville. With more than four decades of experience in financial management and banking, he previously served as a senior vice president at Bank of America. Boyd graduated from MTSU with a Bachelor of Science degree, holds an M.B.A., and previously served with the Tennessee Army National Guard.
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.
Samantha Eisenberg, Student Trustee, graduated from MTSU in May, 2019, with a B.S. in Psychology (Pre-Graduate Concentration).
She is currently pursuing a Master's in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Neuropsychology.
She is currently a graduate assistant in the Psychology Department, and serves as
vice president of the Collegiate Neuroscience Society, as well as treasurer of the
American Democracy Project. Ms. Eisenberg formerly served as a Senator, as well as
Attorney General for the MTSU Student Government Association.
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 past 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.
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.
Mary B. Martin, Faculty Trustee, is a professor of Mathematics in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. Dr. Martin earned her Bachelor of Science at MTSU; she received her Master's and Ph.D. degrees from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Martin has served several terms on the MTSU Faculty Senate, as well as having served as both the secretary/treasurer and the Faculty Senate president. Dr. Martin has been teaching mathematics for 20 years at Middle Tennessee State University.
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.
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.