Kingsport Chamber President and CEO Miles Burdine was recently appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by Gov. Bill Haslam to fill the 1st congressional district seat.
Burdine, a native of Kingsport, Tenn., has long been an advocate of education and worforce development. He has worked on projects such as Educate and Grow, the creation of the higher education academic village in downtown Kingsport, and increasing academic and graduation expectations—all of which have aided Kingsport’s growth and success.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and is a graduate of the national management program for chamber of commerce executives, administered by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. His education also includes many military-based efforts.
He is active in his community and serves or has served in many leadership capacities with many community and state organizations. Some of them include Board of Judicial Conduct, Governor’s First to the Top Advisory Council, Governor’s Commission on Judicial Nominations, State Collaborative on Reforming Education, Governor’s Energy Policy Task Force, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Board of Directors, Tennesseans for Quality Early Education, and the Tennessee Economic Development Partnership Board.
Also, Burdine served 30 years with the United States Marine Corps and the United States Marine Corps Reserves. Now retired at the rank of colonel, Burdine has extensive training and experience in tactics, security, civil affairs, and the challenges faced in the Middle East. He has led, trained and served with units from countries such as Kenya, Iraq, France, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, and England. Three of his deployments have been to combat environments
The TBR board consists of 18 members: 12 lay citizens appointed for six-year terms by the governor, with one each from the state’s nine congressional districts and three grand divisions; one faculty member from among the system institutions appointed by the governor for a one-year term; one student from among the system institutions appointed by the governor for a one-year term; and four ex-officio members–the Governor of Tennessee, the Commissioner of Education, the Commissioner of Agriculture, and the Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, who is a non-voting member.