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Carson-Newman announces transitions at executive level

The University announced the retirement of Martha Chambers and the addition of Kevin Triplett to its executive leadership.


JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Carson-Newman University announced moves this week within its executive leadership that involved the retirement of Martha Chambers, vice president of Finance and Business and chief financial officer, and the addition of Kevin Triplett as its new vice president of University Relations.

Chambers became Carson-Newman’s comptroller in 2011 and was named CFO within six months of her arrival. She arrived at C-N with more than 30 years of experience in business leadership. Prior to her 10 years of service at the University, she served as Tennessee Wesleyan College’s vice president of financial affairs and treasurer and business manager for Hiwassee College.

“Marty is the most knowledgeable CFO I have ever had the pleasure of working alongside,” said Carson-Newman President Charles A. Fowler. “Her years of experience are simply irreplaceable. The Lord was good to Carson-Newman when He called her to serve here.”

With Chambers’ retirement, Elaine Smith will assume the role of chief business and personnel officer. Previously Smith served as associate vice president for Business and Personnel Services. Robert Key will serve as chief financial officer/treasurer. Key previously served as assistant vice president for Financial and Accounting Services and controller.

A Virginia native, Triplett served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourism for eight years under Governor Bill Haslam. Prior to his role as commissioner, he served at both Bristol Motor Speedway and Earnhardt Racing. Active in his community, he has also taken on such roles as serving as the first fundraising chair for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Along with having served as co-chair for the University’s Innovative Initiatives Committee, Triplett has served on C-N’s Board of Trustees, which he will transition from to serve in his new role.

“Since my time as president, I have enjoyed getting to know Kevin and have been impressed with his commitment to Christian higher education and his heart for the Lord, ” said Fowler. “Kevin’s experience in communications and public relations along with his passion for Carson-Newman’s mission will serve the University well.”

Kevin and his wife Jill have two children, Lucas and Sarah Grace. He will be transitioning to Carson-Newman after serving as executive pastor at Indian Springs Baptist Church in Kingsport for two years. He begins his service at C-N on July 1, 2021.

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