Chris Shults

Chris Shults is a grants and training specialist at MTAS. Chris joined MTAS in the Knoxville office as the Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project Coordinator on September 2, 2014. Chris graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a BA in political science in 2008. After completing his bachelor’s degree Chris continued his education and graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2010, and received a PhD in Political Science in 2014 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Gail White, Chief Business Officer

Gail came to the IPS Chief Business Officer position in March 2011 after 17 years of experience in the UT Controller's Office as Assistant Controller where she specialized in sponsored project administration and accounting, financial reporting and analyses, IRIS, and training.  Gail received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is a Certified Public Accountant.  Gail grew up on Fort Loudon Lake in Lenoir City where she enjoyed swimming and water skiing.  Gail has numerous hobbies including readi

Paul Jennings, Executive Director

Paul Jennings serves as Executive Director for the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS).   UTCIS, an agency of the UT Institute of Public Service, has the mission is to deliver solutions that help Tennessee businesses grow, succeed and create high quality jobs.  CIS solutions address business growth, performance, regulatory and sustainability concerns and opportunities.  Jennings has held positions with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, University of Memphis and Columbia State Community College.  He holds a BS from University of Evans

Emily Miller, Training Specialist II

Emily Miller is a Curriculum Specialist with the LEIC. She joined the LEIC in June 2008. Miller hails from Chicago, Illinois and after completing her bachelor’s degree she relocated to south Florida, where she worked for the national leadership organization LeadAmerica as a Program Coordinator and Leadership Specialist. Miller co-developed LeadAmerica’s college-accredited personal development curriculum and facilitated experiential learning workshops to over 4,000 high school and college-aged students throughout the United States.

Beth Phillips, Economic Development Team Leader

Beth Phillips leads the Economic Development Team of the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services, an agency of the Institute for Public Service.  Working with partners across the state, the team focuses on connecting businesses, governments, and economic development organizations with the assets of the university to grow Tennessee’s economy.

John Chlarson, Public Works Consultant

Jackson IPS Office ManagerSecretary, Tennessee Stormwater AssociationFormer Education Co-Chair,Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works AssociationFormer Branch President, West Tennessee Branch, Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works AssociationB.S., Civil Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, 1983John Chlarson has over 30 years’ experience in a wide variety of engineering applications, having worked for government, industry, and private consulting.

Dr. Macel Ely

DR. MACEL ELY serves as Director of the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership (NCEL) at the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service.  The purpose of the NCEL is to provide training and professional growth to leaders at all levels, from the emerging supervisor to the experienced senior executive.  Prior to coming to serve in this role, Dr. Macel Ely, served as training manager for the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS).  During that time, Dr.

Kurt Frederick, Training Consultant

Kurt Frederick is a training consultant with the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). He has been with MTAS since 1999.

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