Clarksville, Tennessee – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee recently appointed Dr. Phil Roe, a retired U.S. Congressman who represented Tennessee’s First District, to serve on the Austin Peay State University (APSU) Board of Trustees . He will occupy a seat that opened earlier this year when General Gary Luck resigned following his move to Florida.
“Dr. Roe, both as an alumnus and as a representative of the United States, has helped guide this university over the years through his leadership and generous financial support,” said the president of APSU, Mike Licari. “He is determined to ensure that Austin Peay thrives in the years to come, and I am delighted that he is playing a more active role in the future of his alma mater as a member. from the administration board.
Roe, a native of Clarksville, graduated from Austin Peay State University in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He then received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1970, then served two years in the United States Army Medical Corps. After being discharged, Roe successfully operated an obstetrics / gynecology practice in Johnson City for 31 years, giving birth to nearly 5,000 babies.
On November 8, 2008, Roe was elected to the United States House of Representatives, becoming the first Austin Peay State University alumnus to sit in Congress.
âIt is an honor and a privilege to be named to the Austin Peay board of directors,â said Roe. âI received a world class education at AP which prepared me for a life of learning. Austin Peay’s future is bright and it will be exciting to be a part of it. “
Throughout his medical and political career, Roe has been one of the University’s most active alumni, serving on the executive board of the National Association of APSU Alumni as President, Vice- president and former president. He was also vice-chairman of the board of the APSU Foundation and a member of the steering committee for APSU’s first fundraising campaign, which surpassed its initial target months ahead of schedule.
Through his leadership, the APSU class of 1967 raised approximately $ 55,000 for the purchase of new equipment for science students. He later created a scholarship in honor of Dr. Durward Harris, APSU Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, who had a profound influence on Roe’s life. Due to his continued generosity to his alma mater over the years, a wing of the Sundquist Science Complex has been named in honor of Roe.
In 2006, a generous donation from Roe funded the establishment of the Phil Roe Academic Center for Student Athletes. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Board of Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy and the APSU Distinguished Achievement Award, one of the University’s most prestigious honors.
For more information on the Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees, visit https://www.apsu.edu/president/board-of-trustees/.