VOL. 126 | NO. 173 | Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Haslam Picks Cates for Consolidation Group
By Bill Dries
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has picked Memphis philanthropist and business leader Staley Cates as his nominee for the 21-member schools consolidation planning commission.
Cates is president of Southeastern Asset Management Inc.
Haslam announced his selection Friday, Sept. 2, following the selection of five members each for the commission by the Memphis City Schools board and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell. The Shelby County Schools board will meet Thursday, Sept. 8, to make its choices through board chairman David Pickler. That leaves choices by Tennessee House speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. and Tennessee Senate speaker Ron Ramsey.
Cates is best know for his involvement in the NBA Now campaign that brought the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team to the city, as well as his role in the local ownership group of the NBA franchise. Cates is president of the board of the Grizzlies Charitable Foundation.
He is also the co founder of New Hope Christian Academy, and he serves on the board of several nonprofit foundations.