Cleveland State Presidential Search Advisory Committee Named

The presidential search advisory committee for a new president of Cleveland State Community College has been selected and will meet for the first time Monday, Sept. 16. The meeting will begin at 12:45 p.m. EDT in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center Room J113 on the Cleveland State campus. Cleveland State’s current president, Carl Hite, previously announced his plan to retire in December after leading the college for 17 years. The new president is expected to be named by the end of the year. The search committee’s charge is to identify three to five finalists for the position of president who will visit the campus for interviews. Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan will then make a final selection for submission to the TBR for approval. The committee members are as follows:Regent Tom Griscom, ChairTBR BOARD MEMBERChattanooga, TN Regent Howard RoddyTBR BOARD MEMBERHixson, TN Regent Danni Varlan TBR BOARD MEMBERKnoxville, TN Mr. Matthew TolbertFACULTY REPRESENTATIVEFaculty Senate PresidentAssociate Professor of PsychologyCleveland State Community CollegeCleveland, TNMr. Allan GentryFACULTY REPRESENTATIVEAssistant Professor of TechnologyDepartment ChairCleveland State Community CollegeCleveland, TNMs. Karen WyrickFACULTY REPRESENTATIVEAssociate Professor of Mathematics Department ChairCleveland State Community CollegeCleveland, TNMs. Nancy ThomasFACULY REPRESENTIVEAssociate Professor of NursingNursing Evening CoordinatorCleveland State Community CollegeCleveland, TNMr. Quentin MurraySTUDENT REPRESENTATIVEStudent Senate PresidentCleveland State Community CollegeCleveland, TNMs. Christine DanhSTUDENT REPRESENTATIVEStudent Senate Vice PresidentCleveland State Community CollegeCleveland, TNMs. Kim WillsSUPPORT STAFF REPRESENTATIVEStaff Senate PresidentEnrollment Center Front Desk ManagerCleveland State Community CollegeCleveland, TNDr. Michael StokesADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVEVice President of Student ServicesCleveland State Community CollegeCleveland, TNMs. Patty WeaverADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVEDirector of Off-Campus SitesCleveland State Community CollegeAthens/MadisonvilleDr. Jerry RichtALUMNI REPRESENTATIVEOptometristCleveland, TNMr. Gary FarlowBUSINESS COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVEPresident & CEOCleveland/Bradley Chamber of CommerceCleveland, TNMr. Coleman FossCOMMUNITY-AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVEChief Executive OfficerSkyRidge Medical CenterCleveland, TN Mr. Aubrey EctorCOMMUNITY-AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVESAP ManagerOlin CorporationCharleston, TNMr. Jeff ZierenbergCOMMUNITY-AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVEManager Training and Personnel DevelopmentWacker Polysilicon North America, LLCCharleston, TNThe first half of the Sept. 16 meeting of the Search Advisory Committee will be open to the press and the public as observers. The committee will convene privately when the screening of candidates begins. Anyone with a disability who wishes to participate should contact Monica Greppin-Watts at or 615-366-4417 to request services needed to facilitate attendance. Contact may be made in person, by writing, by e-mail, by telephone or otherwise and should be received no later than 5:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 12. More information on the presidential search process, including the criteria for selection, can be found at under the “Quick Links” section.


The Tennessee Board of Regents is among the nation’s largest higher education systems, governing 46 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system includes six universities, 13 community colleges (including Cleveland State) and the 27 colleges of applied technology, providing programs to more than 200,000 students across the state.

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.