Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca graduate elected to Frist Center Board of Trustees

Deborah E. Story, Tennessee Commissioner of Human Resources was elected to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts Board of Trustees at the Frist Center’s at the quarterly meeting on January 20, 2009.


“This transition to a new generation of leadership is exciting, and we welcome Deborah Story and Richard McCarty (Vanderbilt University Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs) to the board of trustees,” said Frist Center Executive Director Dr. Susan H. Edwards. “Their skills and leadership add immeasurably to oversight and our strategic initiatives in the areas of human resources, finance, education and community engagement,” Dr. Edwards concluded.


Commissioner Deborah E. Story was named Tennessee’s commissioner of human resources in June 2006. She manages the department’s resources, which serve the state’s 43,000 full-time employees. She is responsible for ensuring effective and efficient statewide human resource management, advising the governor on human resource policies, as well as initiating and monitoring legislation affecting state employees and the state’s human resources operations. 

She joined First American National Bank (now Regions Bank) in 1980, as an administrative officer. In 1984, Story moved to St. Louis, where she managed employee relations for Emerson Electric Co. In 1988, she returned to Nashville and joined SunTrust Bank, rising to group vice president and director of recruiting and employment. In 1997, she returned to First American Corporation as senior vice president and manager of employment services, overseeing human resources administration for the regional banking organization’s 7,500 employees in Tenn., Ky., Va., Miss., La., and Ark.  She served as president of ESS, Inc. (Exceptional Search Solutions), an executive search and human resources consulting firm until being named commissioner in 2006.

Commissioner Story earned her B.A. degree in management and human resources from Trevecca Nazarene College. She is a member of the board of governors of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; a member of the International Women’s Forum, Tennessee chapter; a member of the Junior League of Nashville advisory board, a member of the board of directors of Alive Hospice, serving as chairperson of the human resources committee; a member of Middle Tennessee State University’s diversity advisory board; and a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.