Nancy-Ann Min was the first woman elected student body president of UT, now she is the nation’s new ‘Healthcare Czar.’

Coming Sunday: An East Tennessean at the helm of health care

Peers expected big things out of Nancy-Ann Min when she was a University of Tennessee student. In the late 1970s, the Roane Countian became the first woman elected student body president at UT, and she went on to receive a prestigious Rhodes scholarship.

Thirty years later, the expectations have borne out for Min, now Nancy-Ann DeParle.

She is President Obama’s new director of the White House Office of Health Care Reform. In other words, she’s the nation’s “health care czar,” a job that may end up being one of the most important in the White House next to the president himself.

Coming Sunday, the News Sentinel sits down with DeParle to talk about her new job, the state of U.S. health care and her ongoing ties to Tennessee.