The Hamblen County Board of Education consists of seven members — Dr. Joe Gibson Jr., Roger Greene, Jim Grigsby, Janice Haun, Carolyn Holt and Clyde Kinder. The seventh member, vice chair Charles Cross died in an auto accident in late August 2011.
Board members are elected for four year terms and are responsible for setting educational and discipline policy for the school system, approving the district budget, making purchasing decisions and hiring the director of schools. Officers include board chair—Dr. Joe Gibson Jr., vice chair and secretary—Dale Lynch, Ed.D.
The director of schools, Lynch, in his role as the school district’s chief executive officer serves as secretary to the board and administers the policies the board sets.
Vision, planning and teamwork are the keys to being an effective school board, according to the Hamblen County Board of Education. Over the past few years, Hamblen County board has won several Awards for Excellence in Education Programs from the Tennessee School Boards Association.
Gary Chesney represents Districts 1 and 2. He replaces Dr. Shahin Assadnia, who was appointed to replace Charles Cross after his untimely death.
Chesney represented these districts on the board from 1988 until 2006 as well.
Dr. Joe Gibson Jr.
Dr. Joe Gibson Jr., was appointed to the board in 2003 to fill the remaining term of his late father. He represents Districts 3 and 4.
Gibson is a dentist specializing in orthodontics for children and adults. He gets insight into the educational issues families face from his patients, he said.
Roger Greene, owner and managing broker of Davy Crockett Realty, represents Districts 7 and 8. He has served on the board since 1985 and is a former board chair.
A graduate of Walters State Community College and the School of Banking at Louisiana State University, he has participated in many continuing education opportunities of the Tennessee State Boards Association and has achieved TSBA Level 4.
The organization celebrated his membership in 2010 by inducting him into the Quarter Century Club for his 25 years of service on the Hamblen County Board of Education.
Greene has served on the Tennessee Unemployment Compensation Trust since 1991 and served 13 of those years as trust chair. He is a delegate to the Tennessee Legislative Policy Committee.
Greene and his wife, Susan, have four children: Todd, Pam, Yvette and Ashley. They have seven grandchildren.
Jim Grigsby, who represents Districts 13 and 14, holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from UT. His civic activities include holding past positions with the Red Cross. He is a member of First Baptist Church in Morristown. He is married to the former Susan Stutts. They have a daughter, Caroline, and a son, Kyle.
Janice S. Haun
Janice S. Haun, a Morristown dental hygienist for the past 27 years, represents Districts 9 and 10.
She is a former school board chair and graduated from Morristown-Hamblen High School West. She has an associate degree in dental hygiene from ETSU.
Her civic activities include working with Project Graduation, the after-graduation party free for all county high school graduates, and the Hamblen County Literacy Council. She is a former president of the Russellville Elementary parent/teacher organization.
Haun and her husband Philip, have a son, P.J.
Carolyn Holt represents Districts 5 and 6.
She is a former vice chair and chair of the board. She holds the distinction of a Level V Master Boardsman with the TSBA and is the board’s representative to the HC*EXCELL Board of Directors. She is also a member of the P-16 Council and Sustainment Committee.
She received a Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is a registered dietician. She is director of nutritional and diabetes management services for Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System and has served as president of the Tennessee Dietetic Association.
She was married to the late Lynn C. Holt and has a son, Matthew, who is a student at West High.
Clyde Kinder, an agent with Modern Woodmen Insurance, represents Districts 11 and 12. He has served on the board for 12 years.
Kinder, and his wife, Joyce, have two sons, Rodney and Josh.