TCPR adds five senior fellows

April 12, 2011 11:00AM

Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Center for Policy Research today announced that it has added five senior fellows to its team. Former state Rep. Donna Barrett, University of Tennessee professor Harold Black, Rhodes College professor Art Carden, Lipscomb University professor Richard Grant, and Paul Stumb, Dean of the Cumberland University Business School, will join the organization as senior fellows. The senior fellows will coordinate with TCPR staff to conduct research and public policy studies in their areas of expertise. TCPR will also assist the senior fellows with publishing their own work, including opinion articles in newspapers across the state and nation. “We are fortunate to add these five impressive scholars to our team,” said TCPR president Justin Owen. “Their experience and impeccable credentials will make them key assets to TCPR as we advance free markets, individual liberty, and limited government in our state.” Donna Barrett is a retired state representative from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She formerly represented Tennessee’s 34th House District, serving from 2000 to 2010. During her service, she was a member of the Finance, Ways and Means Committee, the Children and Family Affairs Committee, and the Consumer and Employee Affairs Committee. She also served on the powerful Fiscal Review Committee, overseeing government spending for the state, leading her to become a well-known fiscal hawk during her time on Capitol Hill. Rep. Barrett attended Middle Tennessee State University. Harold Black is the James F. Smith, Jr. Professor of Financial Institutions at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He lectures, consults and publishes extensively in the areas of financial institutions and the monetary system. He previously served as a Director and Chairman of the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Dr. Black occasionally writes for the Knoxville News Sentinel and blogs at A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University. Art Carden is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Business at Rhodes College in Memphis. He is a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute and a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. His column “The Economic Imagination” appears weekly at His research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Urban EconomicsPublic ChoiceContemporary Economic Policy, and Business and Politics, and his commentaries have appeared in the Tennessean, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Orlando Business Journal, and other publications and websites. Dr. Carden received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Alabama and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Richard Grant is a professor of Finance and Economics at Lipscomb University in Nashville. He has taught in seven countries and writes extensively on economic policy, having published numerous scholarly articles and three books. He is currently the publications editor for the Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa and once served as the chief economist for the Chamber of Mines of South Africa. Dr. Grant has written analytical and policy articles for various think tanks, and currently writes a weekly column for the Tennessean. He received his B.A. from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and his Ph.D. from George Mason University. Paul Stumb is Dean of the Labry School of Business & Technology at Cumberland University in Lebanon. After obtaining his Ph.D., he served as regional vice president for a national printing company and then started his own sales and marketing company in the wholesale gift and home decor market. He previously taught as an adjunct faculty member at Georgia State University, Shorter College, and Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to his professional career, Dr. Stumb has completed more than 20 years of service with the U.S. Naval Reserves as a Cryptology Officer. After graduating from Auburn University in 1978 with a degree in engineering with high honors, he accepted employment at the nuclear weapons complex in Oak Ridge. Soon thereafter, he earned his master and doctoral degrees in engineering at the University of Tennessee. The Tennessee Center for Policy Research is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan think tank committed to achieving a freer, more prosperous Tennessee. Through research and advocacy, TCPR promotes policy solutions grounded in the principles of free markets, individual liberty, and limited government. For more information, visit