The Tennessee Board of Regents will meet by telephone conference call Thursday, Oct. 31, to consider approving the criteria and job description for the next president of Jackson State Community College, the first step in the presidential search process.At its Sept. 20 quarterly meeting, the Board of Regents appointed Jackson State President Allana Hamilton as vice chancellor for academic affairs for the College System of Tennessee, which the Board governs. Hamilton assumed her new duties Oct. 16, creating a vacancy at the West Tennessee college. TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings appointed Dr. Jeff Sisk to serve as interim president until the search process is completed and the next president takes office. Sisk is president of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology at Jackson and Whiteville and continues those duties while serving as interim chief executive officer at Jackson State.
The Regents’ teleconference meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT, Oct. 31. The call is open to the public and anyone wishing to listen can request call-in information by contacting Board Secretary Sonja Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-366-3927.
Regent Barbara Prescott will chair the Jackson State Presidential Search Advisory Committee, whose members are in the process of being selected. The committee will include representatives of Jackson State’s faculty, staff, students, alumni and the broader West Tennessee community served by the college. When the committee is fully selected and appointed, its membership, date of first meeting and details of the search process – including candidate application and nomination information and a timeline – will be announced and posted on the TBR website at https://www.tbr.edu/hr/executivesearches.
The criteria for the next president will also be posted on the website above when approved by the Board. The proposed criteria include but are not limited to: an earned doctorate from an accredited institution (preferred); a distinguished record of teaching and experience in public higher education (preferred); a minimum of five years successful campus administrative experience at a level with significant decision-making responsibilities affecting an entire campus or as head of a major academic or administrative unit in an academic environment (preferred); a distinguished record of extensive senior-level administrative experience in a complex business, industry or government enterprise.
(media advisory distributed Oct. 25)
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.