Board of Regents quarterly meeting is Dec. 10. Agenda includes criteria for next president of TN Colleges of Applied Technology McKenzie & Paris

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold its next regular quarterly meeting Dec. 10. The agenda includes action on criteria for the next president of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology at McKenzie and Paris, new programs at Colleges of Applied Technology, and several informational reports.

The Board of Regents governs the College System of Tennessee, comprised of the state's 13 Community Colleges and 27 Colleges of Applied Technology.  

The board will convene by teleconference at 8:30 a.m. CT, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and will be live-streamed and archived on the board’s website at The full agenda, an executive summary and board materials are posted at the same link. Anyone needing accommodations may contact Board Secretary Sonja Mason at or 615-366-3927.

The board will consider the criteria for the next president of TCATs McKenzie and Paris due to the retirement, effective March 31, 2021, of President Brad White. White has served as president of TCAT Paris since January 2007 and of TCAT McKenzie (jointly) since July 2009. He is in his 44th year of service in the TBR system.

The proposed criteria for the next president require at least a master’s degree from an accredited institution. Preferred criteria include a distinguished record of teaching experience in public higher education or technical education program planning experience, a minimum of five years of successful leadership and management experience at the executive level, and a distinguished record of extensive senior-level administrative experience in a complex business, industry or government enterprise. The full criteria and search details are available in the board materials at the website above.

Other major agenda items include:

  • The chancellor’s report, including updates on the fall term and highlights of a faculty survey.
  • Informational reporting on workforce development activities; the system’s finances; the annual survey of alumni of Colleges of Applied Technology and their employers;  the review and update now underway of the system’s strategic plan; legislative priorities; advancement; student access and success data; the board’s biennial self-assessment, and notice of proposed changes to two board bylaws.
  • Consideration of proposed revisions to the board policy on the selection and retention of presidents regarding advertising of positions.
  • Consideration of revisions to the institutional budgets for fiscal year 2020-21.
  • Consideration of new programs and program terminations and modifications at the 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.

Meeting/Event Information
December 2020 - Quarterly Meeting