Valerie Barnes Speakman Joins Coker College Board of Trustees

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Hartsville, S.C. – September 18, 2017 –  Valerie Barnes Speakman, general counsel for the Arlington Community Schools Board of Education in Arlington, Tenn., has been elected to the Coker College Board of Trustees.

“Valerie’s experience as general counsel to a school board brings a fresh perspective to Coker’s board of trustees,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt. “She has extensive and invaluable knowledge relevant to best practices in education.”

Speakman’s three-year term will begin with the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees on October 26-27, 2017.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Memphis State University, Speakman went on to earn her juris doctor degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In addition to working as general counsel to community school boards, Speakman has also worked in private practice and is admitted to practice in U.S. District Courts in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and D.C. Circuit Courts. She is a Memphis Bar Association Fellow.  

Speakman resides in Lakeland, Tennessee, with her husband, Aubrey Oliver.  

The Coker College Board of Trustees meets quarterly and maintains broad responsibility for the mission, long-range direction, policies and financial condition of the institution.



Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.