Gov. Bill Lee has appointed Jordan Mollenhour of Knoxville to the State Board of Education. Mollenhour is co-CEO of Mollenhour Gross LLC, an investment company based in Knoxville.
He will represent the Second Congressional District on the Board and is replacing Mike Edwards who has served two terms from 2011 until now. Mollenhour’s term of service is for five years, beginning on Nov. 12, 2021, through Nov. 11, 2026.
Mollenhour earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee as well as an MBA and law degree from UT Knoxville. He most recently graduated from the Wharton School in Philadelphia earning an Executive MBA with academic honors and receiving the Benjamin Franklin Award, an elected distinction given to one member of each graduating class.
Locally, Mollenhour serves on the board of directors for the Trinity Health Foundation, the East Tennessee Historical Society, the Knoxville Chamber and the Knoxville Science Museum. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee. He is a member of Leadership Knoxville 2021.
The Tennessee State Board of Education is the governing and policy-making body for Tennessee’s Pre-K-12 public education system, and through a close partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education, maintains oversight in K-12 implementation and academic standards. Its 11-member board, composed of representatives from each congressional district and a student member are unpaid governor’s appointees and confirmed by the legislature to serve five-year terms.
Susan Richardson Williams provided information for this story.