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Employee Committees & Councils

Employee Relations Advisory Organization

Employee Relations Advisory Board

The University of Tennessee's employees are an important resource whose opinions and suggestions are valued. Therefore, each campus or institute has an employee relations advisory organization (ERAO) consistent with its organizational structure.  Each of these groups elects a representative to meet with the president and his or her staff at regular intervals.

This organization provides a direct channel of communication between regular staff and university officials for information and advisory purposes and provides university officials with an effective method of soliciting and disseminating information concerning plans and programs affecting employees.

Employee relations committees exist at each major management level.  Committees consist of a chairperson, a secretary, and an elected employee representative from each unit, geographical location, or job group.  They serve as advisory bodies to the chief administrator or senior administrator with respect to matters and conditions affecting employees. 

An Employee Relations Advisory Board is established at the university-wide administration level to serve as an advisory group to the president with respect to university policies, programs, and practices. 

Campus Committees & Councils


Employee Relations Committee

Exempt Staff Council



Exempt Staff Council


Health Science Center

Employee Relations Committee & Exempt Staff Council



Employee Relations Council



Employee Relations Committee


Contact Information

Linda Francisco
220 Conference Center Bldg.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
Phone: 865-974-8361

Mike Herbstritt
230 Conference Center Bldg.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
Phone: 865-974-2889

Laure Pou
Human Resources Center Dept. 3603
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403

J. Phillip Bright
112 Administration Building
Martin, TN 38238
Phone: 731-881-7845

Patricia Burks-Jelks
411 B. H. Goethert Pkwy.
Tullahoma, TN 37388-9700
Phone: 931-393-7226

Chandra Alston
6th Floor, 930 Madison Building
930 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-1955