The CBU Student Government Association
will welcome Tennessee Secretary of State
Tre Hargett to CBU on January 28 to
encourage students to vote and make a difference
in their communities by getting involved in local
government. Secretary Hargett will speak in Spain
Auditorium, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
(taken from Secretary Hargett's bio on the tn.gov website)
Hargett was elected by the Tennessee General
Assembly to serve as Tennessee’s 37th Secretary of State in 2009, and
reelected in 2013. Secretary Hargett is the chief executive officer of the
Department of State with oversight of more than 300 employees. He also
serves on 15 boards and commissions, on two of which he is the presiding
The services and oversight found in the office of the Secretary of
State reach every department and agency in state government. The services and oversight found in the office of the Secretary of State reach every department and agency in state government. Accuracy, cost effectiveness and accountability drive every decision within the department. Secretary Hargett places a premium on customer service, while leveraging technology to create efficiencies that benefit taxpayers with a customer-centered approach to state government. His office has overseen a massive overhaul of its technological abilities to embrace its customers online as evidence by the successful implementation of the department's online corporate filing system.
In order to help increase voter registration, turnout and awareness across Tennessee, Secretary Hargett launched the GoVoteTN campaign. He continues to promote the vast resources of the Tennessee State Library and Archives by commissioning the Tennessee State Capitol: Grounded in Tradition documentary and sending teams of archivists and conservators to communities to digitally copy and preserve Civil War era manuscripts, artifacts and photographs for the Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee project.
More About Secretary Hargett:
In 2010, Secretary Hargett was chosen as a Henry Toll Fellow, an honor given to 40 of the nation’s top state government officials. Additionally, he is a member of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), on the board of directors of the YMCA Youth in Government program as well as chairman of the executive committee of the Republican Secretaries of State Committee (RSSC). Secretary Hargett has also been recognized for his support of National History Day. Previously, Mr. Hargett served as chairman of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. Prior to joining the Tennessee Regulatory Authority he was regional vice president for a publicly traded emergency services provider.Secretary Hargett served in the Tennessee House of Representatives for a decade representing District 97 (Bartlett and Memphis), when he was twice elected Republican Leader by his colleagues.Mr. Hargett earned a B.B.A. in Accounting with honors from Memphis State University as well as an MBA from The University of Memphis.
A native of Ripley, Secretary Hargett now lives in Hendersonville with his wife, Dawn, and their two sons. He is a Southern Baptist and attends Bluegrass Baptist Church. Secretary Hargett is the son of Pat Vaughan of Wingo, Kentucky and retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, Jr. of Murfreesboro.