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 KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- TVA Chairman Craven Crowell today announced the appointment of former Knoxville College President John B. Turner as senior vice president for education, training and diversity and reaffirmed the TVA board's commitment to diversity.
 The diversity position was upgraded to senior vice president in organizational changes announced last week. With the selection of Turner, Crowell said education and training responsibilities were added to the job, and Turner will report to the board as well as to newly appointed Chief Administrative Officer Norman Zigrossi.
 "There's no doubt that we need help in the area of diversity development," Crowell said. "We also need to improve our skills development capabilities so our people can keep up with emerging technologies. Dr. Turner has the expertise to make that happen."
 Turner, who was a dean at Massachusetts Institute of Technology 14 years before joining Knoxville College in 1990, will also be a member of the Operations Committee, the agency's top management group that makes recommendations to the TVA board.
 In conjunction with the appointment, the TVA board pledged to "exercise personal leadership in creating an environment where diversity is an essential ingredient" in the workplace and in improving skills and abilities of all employees.
 The board committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and to maintaining "a work environment which values honesty, integrity and fairness."
 "We are very fortunate to have a person with Dr. Turner's skills, background and national reputation in the Tennessee Valley," said Zigrossi. "He will help us with training and skills development of all our employees."
 Frank Robinson will continue to serve as TVA's vice president of diversity development working with Turner, Zigrossi said. Turner will begin work immediately as part of the transition to a new TVA organizational structure effective Feb. 7.
 As part of TVA's employees first goal, Turner said he wants to determine "the needs, weaknesses and strengths of employees" so he can design programs to help them maximize their talents and skills at TVA. He said he plans to meet with employees soon to get their ideas.
 During his three and a half years as president, Turner said Knoxville College doubled its endowment funds, moved from a $1.1 million deficit to a balanced budget, increased enrollment and its graduation rate and reaffirmed its accreditation. He resigned last year.
 Tuner was an educational consultant, graduate school dean and assistant provost at MIT from 1974-1988, and assistant dean at Indiana University. Graduate students at MIT named a lounge in the student center in honor of Turner. He has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Fisk University in Nashville and a master's and doctorate of higher education from Indiana University. He has had numerous articles and academic papers published and has been the recipient of many awards and honors.
 He and his wife, Clevonne, have three children.
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