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Community celebrates opening of Anderson County Higher Education Center
December 10, 2021 Roane State Community College

The new Anderson County Higher Education Center “is an example of what should be happening” to spur workforce development, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee told an audience who gathered for the facility's opening ceremony Friday, December 10.

Gesturing to students in the back who will be attending classes at the center starting in January, Gov. Lee thanked them for “pursuing the path you’re pursuing.”

“The private sector drives what we’re doing here,” Gov. Lee told attendees crowded into the spacious classroom where diesel powered technology will soon be taught.


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Board Vice Chair Emily Reynolds, Dr. Karen Bowyer, Chancellor Flora Tydings
December 10, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents honored retiring Dyersburg State Community College President Karen Bowyer during the board’s quarterly meeting Thursday in Nashville.

The board unanimously approved a resolution of appreciation for her service. The resolution (attached) outlines the highlights of her leadership of the college and her career serving students, and expresses the board’s appreciation for her many contributions to the college, her students, the TBR system and the state.


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Tennessee Board of Regents December 2021 quarterly meeting
December 9, 2021

Overall enrollment in the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology increased 15 percent this fall term over fall 2020, to 18,213, while total enrollment in the state’s community colleges declined about 6 percent during the same period, according to the latest figures presented at the Tennessee Board of Regents quarterly meeting Thursday.


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TCAT Nashville
December 3, 2021
TCAT Nashville

Three finalists for the next president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Nashville have been selected. All three will participate in campus public forums on the Nashville campus Dec. 13, the next step in the selection process.

The finalists are: 


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Tennessee Board of Regents to meet Dec. 9
December 3, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold its next quarterly meeting Dec. 9. The agenda includes consideration of search criteria for the next president of Cleveland State Community College, proposed new career and technical programs, and student enrollment and success updates.


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November 30, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents Personnel and Compensation Committee will meet Tuesday, Dec. 7, to review and consider institution compensation proposals from five community colleges and a proposed faculty emeritus designation.

If the committee recommends approval, the proposals will go to the full board for its consideration at its quarterly meeting Dec. 9. The Board of Regents governs Tennessee’s public community and technical colleges.


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GIVE Grants to advance career & technical education
November 18, 2021

Governor Bill Lee today announced projects receiving funding through the second round of the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) program, which prioritizes learning opportunities in rural counties and enhances career and technical education statewide. A total of $24,939,853 will help fund 27 programs and projects at 21 community and technical colleges in the College System of Tennessee, governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.


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Dr. Scott Cook is next President of Dyersburg State Community College
November 16, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents voted unanimously today to appoint Dr. Scott Cook as the next president of Dyersburg State Community College.

Dr. Cook, who is provost of Madisonville Community College in Madisonville, Ky., will succeed Dr. Karen Bowyer, effective Jan. 4, 2022, when Dr. Bowyer is retiring after 37 years as the third president in the college’s history.


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Dr. Scott Cook
November 15, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents will consider the appointment of Dr. Scott Cook as the next president of Dyersburg State Community College in a special called meeting tomorrow, Nov. 16.


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Dr. Jothany Blackwood, vice chancellor for academic affairs
November 11, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved the appointment of Dr. Jothany L. Blackwood as vice chancellor for academic affairs for The College System of Tennessee, the state’s public community and technical colleges.

Blackwood previously served as vice president for academic success at San Antonio College in Texas, winner of The Aspen Institute’s 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, which recognizes high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.


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November 10, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold a special called meeting Tuesday, Nov. 16, to receive, review and consider acting on the chancellor’s recommendation for the next president of Dyersburg State Community College.

The meeting will be held virtually, starting at 8:30 a.m. CT, and will be streamed and archived on the TBR website at https://www.tbr.edu/board/november-16-2021-special-called-board-meeting.


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Volunteer State's Tiffany Zwart, President Orinthia Montag
November 10, 2021

Military veterans at Tennessee’s community and technical colleges are being honored in Veterans Day activities this week. And one veteran at each college will be awarded the Chancellor’s Commendation for Military Veterans.

Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Chancellor Flora W. Tydings established the commendation last year as a system-level recognition to honor the service, bravery and sacrifices of veterans in campus communities. The commendations are presented during Veterans Day ceremonies and observances traditionally conducted by TBR colleges.


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Search committee appointed for next president of Dyersburg State Community College
October 21, 2021

A Tennessee Board of Regents Search Advisory Committee has selected five finalists for the next president of Dyersburg State Community College. They will participate in campus visits – including forums with campus groups and the public – on Oct. 27, 28, 29 and Nov. 1, 2, the next step in the selection process.

The finalists are:


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Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute
October 6, 2021

Eleven of the 32 members of the 2021-22 class of the Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute, announced Tuesday by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), represent the College System of Tennessee and seven of its community and technical colleges.


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October 1, 2021

The College System of Tennessee has announced that its technical colleges will provide an onsite workforce training center to facilitate a career-to-workforce pipeline for Ford Motor Company’s future assembly plant in Blue Oval City – a $5.6 billion campus spanning 3,600 acres at the Memphis Regional Megasite in Stanton, Tennessee.


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September 28, 2021

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee today announced a new Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) to be developed on the Memphis Regional Megasite in conjunction with Ford Motor Company and SK Innovation’s Blue Oval City. 

“Leading companies select Tennessee because of our skilled workforce,” said Gov. Lee. “This unique partnership with Ford and SK Innovation will enable Tennesseans to skill up and meet the specific employment demands of Blue Oval City. Tennessee stands ready to provide a twenty-first century workforce.”


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Students degrees, certificates & diplomas earned in 2020-21
September 24, 2021

Tennessee’s public community and technical colleges awarded 22,956 degrees, diplomas and certificates to graduates during academic year 2020-21, essentially tying the record set the previous year despite enrollment declines.


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September 17, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents will meet for its regular fall quarterly session Sept. 23-24, 2021. Agenda items include consideration of campus parking and traffic fines, dual-enrollment tuition rates, budget and capital outlay requests for fiscal year 2022-23, and criteria for the next president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville.


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TCAT Nashville President Mark Lenz with graduates of the college
September 9, 2021

The Foundation for the College System of Tennessee has established a memorial scholarship fund in honor of Mark Lenz, the president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Nashville who passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8.


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August 25, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents’ Committee Chairs and the board's Audit Committee will meet Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, to receive updates and review several items in advance of the full board’s next quarterly meeting Sept. 23-24.

The Board of Regents governs Tennessee's public community colleges and colleges of applied technology.


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