Kurt Butefish

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Kurt Butefish has served on the TNGIC Board the past three years and is seeking one, final term. He is an active member of the TNGIC Education Committee. Kurt has undergraduate and master's degrees in Geography from the University of Tennessee and worked at Intergraph Corp. in Huntsville, AL for 14 years before taking his current position as Executive Director of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance (TGA), a position he has held for over 15 years. The TGA is a not-for-profit housed in the Geography Department at the University of Tennessee that is funded in part by the National Geographic Education Foundation. The mission of the Alliance is to advance geographic literacy across the state. Since 2012, a major focus of the TGA has been to bring awareness to stakeholders about the importance of robust Geography content in Tennessee's K-12 curriculum. In 2013, much of Geography content was removed from Tennessee's Social Studies curriculum and Kurt is working diligently with stakeholders (TNGIC, Cumberland URISA, State Department of Education, State Board of Education, and State Legislature) to reverse this situation. Another focus of the organization is to train teachers of all disciplines in the effective use of geospatial technologies in their classrooms.