James King, the vice chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, has been elected chairman of the national Council on Occupational Education.
King won the one-year term as chairman at the group's annual meeting in San Antonio in November after previously serving as vice chairman.
The Atlanta-based Council on Occupational Education has accredited 600 schools in 39 states, including technical training schools run by the U.S. Department of Defense and Jobs Corps schools.
There have been 27 colleges of applied technology in the Board of Regents system. King called it an honor to become the chairman of the national group with which the Tennessee schools have had a 45-year relationship.
King earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a master's degree from the University of Memphis.