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Chambers Re-Appointed to Tech Board

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Gov. Mike Beebe has re-appointed John Ed Chambers III of Danville to the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees.

Chambers will serve as an Arkansas Tech trustee through Jan. 14, 2016. It will be his third term as a member of the Tech Board of Trustees. Chambers served on the board from 1994-99 and again from 2007-12.

His re-appointment continues a family tradition that dates back almost nine decades.

Chambers' grandfather --- Judge John Ed Chambers --- served on the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees from 1925-37, from 1939-53 and again from 1955-63. His father --- John Ed Chambers II --- was an Arkansas Tech trustee from 1965-67 and from 1987-88.

"The simple recitation of years of service hardly does justice to the role the Chambers family has played in the past, the present and the future of Arkansas Tech University," said Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robert C. Brown. "The Chambers family, through its service on the Board of Trustees, has played a major role in virtually all phases of growth for the university."

Chambers Cafeteria at Arkansas Tech is named in honor of all three generations of the family and their support of the university.

"Serving on the board is a lot like being a coach," Chambers told Tech Action alumni magazine in 2011. "You've got to have a good team. And you need a good quarterback. Our quarterback is Dr. Brown, and he really puts together a lot of great people who are so easy to work with."

Chambers will serve with fellow trustees Leigh Whiteside of Russellville (chairman), Charles Blanchard of Russellville (vice chairman), Tom Kennedy of Little Rock (secretary) and Eric Burnett of Fort Smith during the 2012 calendar year.