Board of Regents to meet Nov. 13 to consider appointment of new presidents at Northeast State Community College & TN College of Applied Technology Knoxville

Board of Regents to meet Nov. 13

The Tennessee Board of Regents will meet in a special called session Tuesday, Nov. 13, to consider the chancellor’s recommendations for new presidents at Northeast State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Knoxville.

TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings is recommending the appointment of Dr. Bethany H. Flora for the presidency of Northeast State. Dr. Flora is associate director of the Center for Community College Leadership at East Tennessee State University, where she also serves as an associate professor of postsecondary leadership in ETSU’s Clemmer College of Education.

She was one of two finalists recommended by a presidential search advisory committee Oct. 10. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Virginia Tech, her M.A. in Organizational Management at Tusculum University and her B.A. in Business and Public Administration at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Her complete resume is on the TBR website at

The chancellor will make her recommendation for the next president at TCAT Knoxville at the meeting. The two finalists for that presidency are visiting the Knoxville campus tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday for meetings with faculty, staff, students and the community. The chancellor will gather input from those visits and conduct further interviews before choosing one candidate to recommend to the Board.  The TCAT Knoxville finalists were selected Oct. 26 by a separate search advisory committee. They are Kelli A. Chaney, dean of career education and workforce development at Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, Ky., and Michael E. Ricketts, dean of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Chattanooga. Ricketts is visiting the TCAT Knoxville campus Wednesday and Chaney on Thursday.

The Board will meet at 10 a.m. CT, Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the first floor boardroom at the TBR System office at 1 Bridgestone Park in Nashville. The meeting is open to the public, and anyone interested may also listen via telephone conferencing. Contact TBR Communications Director Rick Locker at 615-366-4417 or for dial-in information.

The Board’s Nov. 13 agenda will also include consideration of the criteria for the next president of TCAT Pulaski, as well as review and action on several personnel proposals to be considered by the Personnel and Compensation Committee in a previously announced meeting this Friday, Nov. 9. 

Also meeting Nov. 13 are the Board’s Audit Committee and the Board’s committee chairs. The Audit Committee will convene immediately after the full Board’s special called meeting, and the committee chairs meeting will convene after the Audit Committee adjourns.

The agenda for the committee chairs meeting includes an informational preview of several items scheduled for the Board of Regents’ next regular quarterly meeting Dec. 13, which will also be held at the system office. Those items include updates on proposed legislative initiatives for 2019, budget and finance issues and proposed revisions to TBR academic policies and programs.

The Board of Regents governs the College System of Tennessee -- the state's 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology.

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.