Board of Regents to meet July 13 to consider criteria for next president of Cleveland State Community College

Cleveland State Community College

The Tennessee Board of Regents will convene a special called meeting July 13 to consider criteria for the next president of Cleveland State Community College, the first step in the presidential search process.

The board will meet virtually, via Microsoft Teams teleconferencing, at 1:30 p.m. CT/2:30 ET Thursday, July 13, 2023. The meeting will be live-streamed and archived on the TBR website at Board materials, including the proposed criteria, will be posted on the same webpage. Anyone needing direct access to the Teams meeting, other than the live stream, may contact Board Secretary Mariah Perry at or 615-366-3927 by 3 p.m. CT, July 12.

The next president will succeed Dr. Ty Stone. Dr. Ray Brooks, retired president of Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South Carolina, is serving as interim president.

After approval of the criteria, a search advisory committee will be appointed, composed of board members and representatives of the college’s faculty, staff, students and alumni and of the civic and business communities in the college’s Southeast Tennessee service area. The position will be posted for applications and nominations, along other information about the search process and the college, on the TBR executive search webpage at

The committee will review candidates and recommend finalists, who will participate in public forums on the campus. TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings will review input after the forums and conduct final interviews to recommend a single finalist to the board for its consideration for the appointment.

Cleveland State Community College is a comprehensive two-year public community college, enrolling approximately 3,200 for-credit students and 1,500 noncredit students in a typical fall semester. It offers degrees in a wide variety of programs including Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degree options, as well as 30 different certificates. In addition to its 105-acre main campus in Cleveland, the college has offices and classrooms in Athens and Vonore and offers classes throughout the service area of Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, and Polk Counties.

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 24 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.