Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Erlanger Health System President and CEO Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson to the Board of Appeals for East Tennessee.

“In the thorough, aggressive search for candidates, your individual characteristics and professional qualifications were exceptional among the number of nominees who expressed interest,” Haslam wrote in his letter to Woodard-Thompson.

Woodard-Thompson was one of only sevenChattanooga-area residents to receive a state appointment from the governor this year. Previously, she was appointed by former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen to serve as a commissioner with the Tennessee Civil Service Commission.


Before assuming the top position at Erlanger, she was the executive vice president and COO. She was also the interim CEO from February 2003 through March 2004.

Woodard-Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in economics/industrial organization and a master’s degree in economics/industrial and labor relations. She is a Chattanooga native.