Belmont University announced today the selection of five members to its Board of Trustees consisting of the election of two new members and the re-appointment of three members. Each will begin a new, three-year term in January.

New members include:

A nationally recognized business and healthcare leader, Janet Ayers is the President of the Ayers Foundation and a former board member of the Tennessee State Board of Education. Ayers has held multiple statewide positions with the Tennessee Health Care Association throughout her career including president, and she served as a commissioner of Tennessee Health Facilities Commission. She is also active in many civic, educational and charitable organizations including the Nashville Symphony, Centerstone of Tennessee and Abe’s Garden, among others.

John R. Faison, Sr. is the senior pastor of Watson Grove Baptist Church in Nashville. Previously serving as a commissioned officer in the US Army in Field Artillery and Military Intelligence, Faison left the military in 2008 to pursue God’s call to full-time ministry. He is a recognized voice at conferences and events throughout the country, and he serves as an advocate for community transformation and development through his work as an HIV/AIDS National Ambassador with the NAACP, a mentor in public school districts and an advisor to several community organizations.