The three finalists for the presidency of Volunteer State Community College will participate in interviews and campus forums Feb. 28 through March 2. The finalists, Bonny Copenhaver, provost of Motlow State Community College; Jerry Faulkner, vice president for Academic Affairs at Cleveland State Community College; and Michael McDonald, State Representative - 44th District, will each interview with the Presidential Search Advisory Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 29.The committee interviews will begin with Faulkner at 1:15 p.m. CST, Copenhaver at 2:45 p.m. and McDonald at 4:15 p.m. All committee interviews will take place in the Rochelle Center of the Thigpen Library on the Vol State campus. The committee interviews are open to the press and the public as observers and will be streamed live over the Internet for public viewing. The committee will convene at 1 p.m.The search committee’s charge is to identify and interview the finalists for the position of president. After the interviews and campus visits, Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan will gather feedback from committee members and make the final selection for recommendation to the Board for approval by the end of March.The candidates will also meet with campus and community constituents in a number of forums on the campus, including two campus-wide question-and-answer sessions. More information on the presidential search process, including complete interview schedules, resumes for the finalists, and links to the video streaming, can be found here. The TBR is the nation’s sixth largest higher education system, governing 46 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges (including Vol State) and 27 technology centers, providing programs in 90 of Tennessee’s 95 counties to more than 200,000 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.