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Ron Harr, Richard P. McKenney join PEF Board of Directors
PEF is proud to announce that Ron Harr, President and CEO of the Chattanooga Area of Commerce, and Richard P. “Rick” McKenney, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Unum have recently been elected to the Public Education Foundation Board of Directors.

“We’re delighted to have Ron and Rick join our Board of Directors,” says Jim Hill, Chair of the PEF Board.  “We know they will both make great contributions as PEF increasingly focuses on career success and helping students prepare for jobs of the future.”

Ron Harr stated, “Public education is the foundation of workforce development in our community.  The Chamber has already partnered with PEF to establish the Principal Leadership Academy, which provides training for aspiring principals who are mentored by local business executives.  I look forward to serving on PEF’s board as we work to expand leadership development opportunities for teachers, principals, and other educational leaders.”

Mr. Harr joined the Chamber of Commerce in the spring of 2012 and has focused on continuing the Chamber’s efforts to spur economic growth through support for existing businesses, recruitment of new industries to Chattanooga, and long-range regional planning to ensure sustainable growth.  His civic service includes chair positions with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chattanooga, and Chattanooga Rotary Club, and is the recipient of multiple awards for television, electronic, and public relations campaigns.

Rick McKenney said, “I am proud to join PEF’s board.  Unum has invested in Hamilton County schools for years, and we have seen how collaboration among businesses, nonprofits, and the school district can really make an impact on student achievement.  PEF plays a vital role in transforming public education and I am pleased to be a member of the board.” 

Mr. McKenney joined Unum in July 2009 as executive vice president and chief financial officer. His primary responsibility is evaluating and establishing a strategy for the financial performance of the company.  Mr. McKenney also oversees the finance division, which includes accounting, tax, financial planning, investor relations, enterprise risk management and corporate facilities management.  McKenney also serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Greater Chattanooga, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and The Bright School. 

Ron Harr, Richard P. McKenney join PEF Board of Directors

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