Chancellor Charles Manning today announced that Dale Sims has agreed to serve as interim Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance at the Tennessee Board of Regents. The former occupant of that position, Bob Adams, has accepted a new position in Arkansas and his last day at TBR was January 14. Sims is the former Tennessee State Treasurer, a position he had held from 2003 until January 15, 2009. In announcing Sims’ appointment, Manning said, “We are delighted to have someone with Dale’s extensive knowledge of state budgeting and finance join our staff at this critical fiscal juncture. He also brings strong leadership and management skills to the position, and I know he will be a source of solid guidance and assistance to our campuses as well as to me. As state Treasurer, Dale was a member of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the State Building Commission, so he is conversant with higher education issues and his learning curve in a new job will be a short one.” Sims began his career in state government in 1980 as a legislative program evaluator in the Comptroller of the Treasury’s office. In 1982, he became staff assistant to the Tennessee State Treasurer, and in 1987 moved up to Executive Assistant, a position he held until he was elected Tennessee State Treasurer in 2003. As treasurer, Sims was responsible for an agency employing over 215 people, with a budgeted exceeding $20 million, and managed over $33 billion in liquid assets. He holds a B.S. in Political Science from Western Carolina University and worked toward a Master’s in Public Administration at Murray State University. Sims’ appointment is effective today, January 20. The Tennessee Board of Regents is the nation’s sixth largest higher education system, governing 45 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 26 technology centers, providing programs in 90 of Tennessee’s 95 counties to over 180,000 students.
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.