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Nashville Airport Authority Announces Changes to Officers of Board of Commissioners

NASHVILLE ─ During the March Board meeting, Jim Cheek retired from the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) Board of Commissioners, after 12 years of service with MNAA. Former Vice Chair Juli H. Mosley, P.E., becomes the first woman chair of the MNAA Board. A. Dexter Samuels, formerly Board secretary, becomes vice chair, and Robert J. Walker becomes secretary.


“We are extremely grateful to Jim Cheek, who generously shared his strategic, financial and legal acumen with the Board and the Authority for the past 12 years,” stated Rob Wigington, president and CEO of the MNAA. “Jim guided the Airport Authority through extremely challenging and changing times. He leaves behind a legacy of determination, integrity and grace.

“As a member of the Board for the past 11 years, Juli Mosley has been part of many great milestones for the Nashville airports, not to mention the significant strides we’ve seen in just the past few months of our 75th anniversary year of Nashville International Airport (BNA),” said Wigington. “Dexter Samuels and Bob Walker will continue to provide critical leadership and expertise to the Board and Authority in their new roles as vice chair and secretary. The MNAA management and I are looking forward to working with Chair Mosley and the new Board leadership.”


Juli H. Mosley, P.E. – Chair
In her position as Board chair, Mosley leads the Board responsible for oversight of Nashville International and John C. Tune airports. Mosley was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in 2002 as the engineering representative. Mosley chaired the General Aviation/Operations/ Planning/Engineering Committee. She also served on the Management and Finance and Administration committees. Mosley is a Professional Engineer and is retired from Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon in Nashville. Mosley was a vice president and member of the Board at Barge. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Tennessee Tech University and Vanderbilt University, where she received a Master of Engineering.


A. Dexter Samuels, Ph.D. – Vice Chair
Samuels was appointed to the Board in 2007 as a neighborhood representative. Samuels currently oversees Student Life at Tennessee State University. In this role he is responsible for the oversight of the Career Development Center, Residence Life, Judicial Affairs, Wellness Center, Campus Center, Disabled Student Services, Intramural & Recreational Sports, TSU Spirit, Student Activities, Student Health Center, and University Counseling Center. He is passionate about creating an environment of success for over 8,400 students, including 2,600 residency students. He also serves as a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration in the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs.


Robert J. Walker - Secretary
In 2008, Walker was appointed to the MNAA Board as the pilot representative. Walker has been practicing trial law continuously since 1968, and has been a partner with Walker, Tipps & Malone since January 2000. Prior to forming Walker, Tipps & Malone, he served in various capacities, including as a member with Bass, Berry & Sims PLC for more than 31 years. Walker is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Law School. Walker is an active private pilot holding a current ASMEL(I) certificate.


Jim Cheek
Cheek served as chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority since 2003, and as a member of the Board since 2001. Cheek was first appointed to the MNAA Board of Commissioners to serve as the Board’s legal representative in February 2001, and was reappointed in 2005. Cheek, who served as chairman of the board since 2003, is a senior member of the law firm Bass, Berry & Sims. In addition, Cheek is an adjunct professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. A graduate of Duke University and Vanderbilt University Law School, Cheek received an LL.M. degree from Harvard University.

Board of Commissioners
A 10-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the mayor of Nashville/Davidson County, and confirmed by the Metropolitan Council, governs the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. The board is composed of three business and finance representatives, two pilot representatives, two neighborhood representatives, one engineering representative, one legal representative, and the mayor.