Chancellor Flora W. Tydings named as USA Today’s Women of the Year Honoree for Tennessee

Flora W. Tydings, Chancellor

Chancellor Flora W. Tydings has been named as one of USA Today’s Women of the Year for 2023. This recognition from the news organization is given to women who have made a significant impact in their communities and across the country. The USA Today network includes The Tennessean, The Knoxville News Sentinel, and The Commercial Appeal, as well as the Columbia Daily Herald, Oak Ridger, The Daily News Journal, The Jackson Sun, and The Leaf-Chronicle.

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Chancellor Tydings’ recognition is a testament to her outstanding leadership and dedication to education, particularly in the state of Tennessee. Under her leadership, the state’s community and technical college system has expanded extensively, with new degree programs and partnerships throughout Tennessee. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that students have access to high-quality education and that the state’s workforce needs are met.

USA Today asked Tydings what has been her proudest moments, professionally or personally, and she replied that, personally, as a mother, she’s proud of her four children and their accomplishments. She added, “On the professional side, very similarly because I think I feel like all 120,000 of these students belong to me. Whenever they walk across the stage and realize one of their goals – a graduation is probably the moment when I am the most proud. I love to be on stage and hear when a graduate is walking across the stage, somebody in the back yells, ‘Go Grandma!’ You know that you are changing not just that person's life, but a family’s life, and that is just a feeling that you cannot replicate.”

In addition to her contributions to education, Tydings has also been recognized for her dedication to the broader community. She has served on various boards and committees, advocating for initiatives that promote economic development and education. Her commitment to improving the lives of those around her is inspiring and serves as a model for future leaders.

This recognition from USA Today highlights the importance of education and leadership, and the positive impact community and technical education has on individuals and communities alike. The Tennessee Board of Regents congratulates Chancellor Tydings on this well-deserved recognition and thanks her for her leadership and service to the state of Tennessee.

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.