Finalists selected for next president of TCAT Morristown. Campus public interviews set for March 14.

The search advisory committee assisting with the search for the next president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Morristown has selected two finalists for the position, both of whom will participate in public interviews on the Morristown campus March 14, the next step in the selection process.

The finalists are: 

  • Susanne Cox, currently Vice President of TCAT Morristown.
  • Mark A. Hurst, currently Vice President for Business and Finance at Walters State Community College.

The finalists’ resumes and other information about the search are available for review on the TBR website at

The March 14 campus interviews with the finalists are open to the public and scheduled to start at 9 a.m. ET with Susanne Cox, followed by Mark Hurst at approximately 10:15 am. Recordings of the forums will be posted on the website above. To observe the interviews live online, contact TBR Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources April Preston at or 615-366-4404 for a video link. For more information on the in-person interviews, contact TCAT Morristown President Jerry Young at or 423-763-1501.

The next president will succeed Young, who is retiring at the end of April after five years as TCAT Morristown’s president and 33 years of service in the TBR system.

After the campus forums, Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora W. Tydings will review input from the campus community and public and then make a recommendation to the Board for a single candidate. The Board will consider the chancellor’s recommendation and appointment of the next president at a future meeting.

The board approved criteria for the next president during a meeting Dec. 20. An 18-member search advisory committee was appointed to assist in the search. Chaired by Regent Miles Burdine, the committee included Regents Joey Hatch and Danni Varlan and representatives of the college’s faculty, staff, students and alumni, and civic and industry leaders.

TCAT Morristown is one of the 27 public Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, which, along with the state’s 13 community colleges, are governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

More information about the college is available at the college's website:

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.