Chattanooga State Community College presidential Search Advisory Committee to meet Feb. 10, after public forum on the campus

The search for a new president of Chattanooga State Community College launches Friday, Feb. 10, with a public forum on the campus and the orientation meeting of a 19-member Search Advisory Committee that will review candidates and recommend finalists for the office.

The public forum will allow members of the campus and Greater Chattanooga communities to present their views about the qualities the committee should look for when reviewing candidates. The forum will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. EST, Feb. 10, in Room 124 of the Albright Omniplex Building on the Chattanooga State campus.

The Search Advisory Committee will then convene at 10:15 a.m. EST in the same room for an organizational and orientation session. The committee will work with Greenwood/Asher & Associates to help identify a broad range of highly qualified candidates from around the country. Dr. Betty Asher, a partner in the firm, will lead the public forum.

The committee’s charge is to review applicants and prospects and identify three to five finalists, who will be invited to the campus for interviews with the committee, students, faculty, administration, staff and the public. After further review, including feedback from those campus meetings, one candidate will be recommended to the full Board of Regents for its consideration and approval.

The Board, in a special meeting Jan. 27, approved criteria for the next president and announced the Search Advisory Committee members. The next president will succeed Dr. Flora Tydings, who assumed her new role as chancellor of the Board of Regents system on Feb. 1. Debbie Adams, Chattanooga State’s vice president of student affairs and workforce development, is interim president until the campus’s new leader is appointed and in place -- by July 1, under the board’s timeline.

Regent Tom Griscom of Chattanooga will chair the Search Advisory Committee. Regents Howard Roddy of Chattanooga and Danni Varlan of Knoxville are also members of the committee, along with 16 representatives of the faculty, students and staff of Chattanooga State and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology—Chattanooga, and of the Chattanooga area. TCAT-Chattanooga shares the campus and some administrative functions with the community college.

The criteria and details of the search are posted on the TBR website at

Chattanooga State Community College is a comprehensive, two-year postsecondary institution whose primary service area includes six counties in East Tennessee. It has over 8,500 credit students and over 700 non-credit students. The college employs approximately 640 full-time employees, including 238 full-time faculty members, and operates on a budget of $95 million.

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.