Board of Regents to meet May 6 to consider appointment of next president of Volunteer State Community College and search criteria for next president of TCAT Elizabethton

Tennessee Board of Regents to meet Oct. 31 to consider criteria for next president of TCAT Memphis

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold a special called meeting May 6 to consider the appointment of the next president of Volunteer State Community College and the search criteria for the next president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton.

The board’s teleconference meeting will convene at 11 a.m. CT Monday, May 6, 2024. The meeting, to be held via Microsoft Teams, will be livestreamed and archived on the TBR website at, where board materials are now posted. Anyone needing direct access to the Teams teleconference, other than the livestream above, should contact Board Secretary Mariah Perry at or 615-366-3927 by 4 p.m. Friday, May 3.

The board will consider the chancellor’s recommendation for the presidential appointment at Vol State.  A search advisory committee on April 19 recommended and announced three finalists for the Vol State presidency, each of whom participated in public forums on campus April 24-26. The finalists, their resumés, information about the search, and an online public feedback survey link are posted on the TBR website at Deadline for submitting the public feedback surveys is 4:30 p.m. CT, Thursday, May 2.

TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings is reviewing input from the forums and conducting final interviews in preparation for making recommendations to the board for a single candidate for the presidency.

At TCAT Elizabethton, President David Hicks plans to resign effective June 28. A search advisory committee will be appointed to lead the search for the college’s next leader. Proposed search criteria that the board will consider are included in the board materials posted at the meeting link above.  

Persons who want to request to address the board regarding the meeting’s agenda item should follow the process authorized by the Requests to Address the Board Policy here:


For board materials and to view the livestream:

For information about the Vol State search process and to review the finalists' resumés:

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.