MEMPHIS — The Board of Trustees at Christian Brothers University (CBU) welcomes five new members: David L. Archer, Tyree C. Daniels, Fr. Robert Marshall Jr., Paul Posey Jr., and Bemetra L. Simmons.
David Archer is president and CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare. The Saint Francis system (Tenet Healthcare Corporation) includes 519-bed Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis, 198 bed Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett, The Surgery Center at Saint Francis, and several outpatient facilities across the Mid-South. It also includes Saint Francis Medical Partners, with 79 physician and licensed independent practitioners. Archer received a B.S. in Management from Purdue University and holds master’s degrees in both Public Health and Business Administration from Columbia University. He presently serves on the boards of the Tennessee Hospital Association as Memphis District President, American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board, Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, Hospital Wing, and serves as the regional hospitaller for the Order of Malta. Archer previously served on the boards of Mid-South e-Health Alliance, Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association, and the Church Health Center.
Tyree Daniels ('01) is a senior vice president with Raymond James Financial in Memphis, where has managed numerous senior-managed transactions for the State of Tennessee and the City of Memphis, as well as other local governments and governmental entities. Since joining the firm, he has managed and/or provided analyses on 57 negotiated underwriting transactions aggregating a par value of over $4 billion. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from CBU, he holds the Series 7 general securities and the Series 63 municipal securities representative licenses. Daniels serves on the board of directors of Wolf River Conservancy, Peer Power, Riverfront Development Corporation and The New Memphis Institute Fellows Advisory Board. He is the founding member of Leaders & Learners Development Council and the Omicron Epsilon of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. where he currently serves as chapter advisor, and is a founding board member and current chairman of Memphis College Preparatory Elementary School, a charter school located in Uptown Memphis. Daniels was named to Memphis Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2013.
Rev. Robert Marshall Jr. ('80) is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis and has served as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church since 2012. Prior to his appointment to St. Francis, Fr. Marshall has served as associate pastor of the Church of the Incarnation in Collierville , and as pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Humboldt, St. Matthew Mission in Milan, and the Church of the Ascension in Memphis. He received a BA in History from CBU and completed his Juris Doctorate at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. He practiced law for 12 years in both St. Louis and Memphis. He entered Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans in 1995. Fr. Marshall received his Master of Divinity degree from Notre Dame and was ordained to the priesthood in 2000. Fr. Marshall is presently a member of the Presbyteral Council and the College of Consultors of the Diocese of Memphis, and a member of the Board of Advisors of St. Benedict at Auburndale High School. He served as a diocesan Master of Ceremonies, as Chairman of the 2005 and 2006 Bishop's Annual Appeals, and as a member of the diocesan Pastoral Planning Committee.
Paul Posey Jr. ('89, MBA '08) is president of Ascension Risk Services in St. Louis, a risk management division of Ascension Health, a Catholic non-profit healthcare system that serves in 1,900 locations in 23 states and the District of Columbia. He has previously served as CEO of Canopy Claims Management (Orlando, FL) and COO of Sedgwick Claims Management Services in Memphis. He holds a bachelor’s degree and MBA from CBU and a Juris Doctorate from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. Posey has been active with Leadership Memphis, serving as chairman and board member, as well as the Workers Compensation Research Institute, Catholic Diocese of Memphis, and American Association of Independent Claims Professionals, where he served as president, founder, and chairman. He was selected for the Memphis Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2001. He is a past president of the CBU National Alumni Board.
Bemetra Simmons ('97) presently serves as Hillsborough Market President at Branch Banking and Trust Co. (BB&T) in Tampa, FL. She previously served as an account manager with WorldCom (UUNET Technologies) and as a global account Manager for AT&T Global Services. She attended Christian Brothers University on a basketball scholarship and received a BS in Business Administration. She also earned an MBA from Wake Forest University. Simmons serves on the board for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, University of Tampa Board of Fellows, United Way Bridges, Centre Club Board of Governors, and Go Red for Women with the American Heart Association. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., 2013 a Leadership Tampa Graduate, and was named an “Up and Comer” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2013.
The members of the CBU Board of Trustees constitute the legal directors of the University with general responsibility for its management in keeping with its philosophy and purposes. The Board sustains the mission of the University within the traditions of the Christian Brothers, approves the budget and the educational program, confers honorary degrees, assists in fundraising, and acts as a court of final appeal.