Chancellor recommends Dr. Scott Cook as next president of Dyersburg State Community College. Board of Regents to consider the recommendation Tuesday.

Dr. Scott Cook

The Tennessee Board of Regents will consider the appointment of Dr. Scott Cook as the next president of Dyersburg State Community College in a special called meeting tomorrow, Nov. 16.

Cook, who is the provost of Madisonville Community College in Madisonville, Ky., is being recommended for the DSCC presidency by TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings following a national search that launched in mid-August. Cook is one of five finalists selected by the Board’s 17-member Search Advisory Committee and announced on Oct. 21. All five participated in campus and public forums Oct. 27 through Nov. 2.

At the special called meeting tomorrow -- announced last week -- the Board of Regents will receive, review and consider acting on the chancellor’s presidential recommendation. The meeting will be held virtually, starting at 8:30 a.m. CT, and will be streamed and archived on the TBR website at

As provost, Dr. Cook has been the chief academic officer and chief student affairs officer at Madisonville Community College since March 2018. Previously, he was a senior administrator and professor at Motlow State Community College, including assistant vice president for academic affairs for quality assurance and performance funding, assistant vice president for academic affairs, honors program director, and professor of history. He also served as department coordinator and assistant professor of humanities at Georgia Military College at Columbus.

He earned a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, with a History Concentration, from Tennessee State University; a Master of Liberal Studies in Humanities from Fort Hays State University in Kansas; a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Middle Tennessee State University, and his Associate of Science, University Parallel, with emphases in History, Political Science, and Psychology from Motlow State Community College. 

The next president will be the fourth in the college’s history and will succeed Dr. Karen Bowyer, who is retiring Dec. 31 after 37 years as Dyersburg State’s president and 50 years of service in higher education.

Cook’s full resume and other information about the search process are available for review on the Dyersburg State Community College presidential search page of the Tennessee Board of Regents website at


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.