Chapman wins Cledis Kiser award
By Jeff Whitten
The McNairy County Board of Education voted to award Tony Chapman the Cledis Kiser award at its meeting last Thursday.
The award is given each year to an outstanding school board member.
This is the second time Chapman has won the award, having first won it in 2006.
Chapman is a Bethel Springs native and a graduate of Bethel Springs High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee at Martin and his M.B.A from Union University.
He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.
Since 2006, he has worked as a Federal Program Coordinator for the Hardeman County School System.
Chapman has served on the school board for the last eight years and is a Level IV member in the Tennessee School Board Association’s Boardsmanship program.
He has served as Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Tennessee Legislative Network Representative.
Chapman represents Leapwood, Purdy and Northeast Selmer.
He and his wife live in Selmer and are members of the First Baptist Church.
“I’m very honored to be selected as the 2011 Cledis Kiser award recipient. It is named for a man I have a lot of respect for and a great leader in education,” Chapman told the Independent Appeal later.
When asked what accomplishment over the past year he was most proud of, Chapman mentioned his work on the planning committee, which deals with the school building program.