Board of Regents meets June 2 to consider appointment of president of Jackson State Community College. Committee Chairs & Audit Committee will also meet.

Jackson State Community College

The Tennessee Board of Regents will convene a special called meeting Tuesday, June 2, to receive and act on recommendations by Chancellor Flora W. Tydings for the next president of Jackson State Community College and the board’s next general counsel.

The virtual meeting will be streamed live and archived on the TBR website at starting at 8:30 a.m. CT, with consideration of the two appointments the only items on the agenda.

After the board meeting adjourns, the chairs of the board’s standing committees will convene for several informational items and review of the draft agenda for the Board of Regents’ next regular quarterly meeting June 18-19. And the board’s Audit Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m., also to receive informational reports.

The meetings are open to the public as observers, except for an executive session of the Audit Committee following the committee’s public segment. Contact Board Secretary Sonja Mason at by 4 p.m. Monday, June 1, for call-in information.

The chancellor’s recommendation to the board for the next president of Jackson State follows open forums conducted online May 11-13 by the three finalists for the presidency. The finalists were announced Feb. 28 by a 17-member search advisory committee composed of board members and campus and community representatives. On-campus forums were originally scheduled to be held in March but were postponed to May and moved online as the Covid-19 pandemic curtailed on-campus activities.

The finalists, their resumes’ and the archived forums are posted on the TBR website at

The next president will succeed Dr. Allana Hamilton, who moved to the system office as vice-chancellor of Academic Affairs last fall, and Dr. Jeff Sisk, who has served as the interim president of Jackson State since October. Sisk is president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology campuses in Jackson and Whiteville.

The next general counsel will succeed Mary Moody, who retired last September after 29 years of state service as an attorney, and Christine Modisher, Moody’s predecessor who returned to serve as interim general counsel during the search.

The agenda for the committee chairs meeting includes presentations on campus re-opening plans, proposed budgets and capital appropriation requests and compensation plans for Fiscal Year 2020-21, and executive performance incentive and president emeritus plans, and review of the draft agenda for the June 18-19 quarterly board meeting.

The Audit Committee agenda includes informational reporting on audit reports, findings and recommendations.


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.