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Jackson State presidential search committee selected. Public forum and committee meeting set for Sept. 1

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The Search Advisory Committee for a new president of Jackson State Community College has been selected and will meet Thursday, Sept. 1, after a public forum to gather campus and community input.

The public forum will be held from 11 a.m. to noon CST in the Ayers Auditorium of the Ned R. McWherter Center on the Jackson State campus in Jackson, Tenn. The Search Advisory Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the college’s Jim Moss Center for Nursing, Room 203. Both are open to the public.

Jackson State’s fourth president, Dr. Bruce Blanding, previously announced his plan to retire effective Jan. 31, 2017, after leading the college since February 2004. The new president is expected to be selected before Dr. Blanding leaves office.

The public forum will allow campus and community members to voice their views about the qualities the advisory committee should look for when reviewing candidates. The committee will convene for its meeting at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the timeline and procedures for selecting finalists to become the next campus leader.

The committee will work with executive search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates to help identify a broad range of highly qualified candidates from around the country.

The committee’s charge is to identify three to five finalists, who will be invited to the campus at later dates to be determined, for interviews with the committee, students, faculty, administration, staff and the public. TBR Chancellor David Gregory will then select a final candidate for submission to the full Board of Regents for its consideration and approval.

The Search Advisory Committee members are:

Regent Barbara Prescott, Chair
TBR BOARD MEMBER
Memphis, TN

Regent Greg Duckett
TBR BOARD MEMBER
Memphis, TN

Regent Leigh Shockey
TBR BOARD MEMBER
Memphis, TN

Dr. Bob Raines
FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE
Jackson, TN

Dr. Leslie West Sands
FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE
Jackson, TN

Mr. Scott Woods
FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE
Jackson, TN

Ms. Kathy Daniel
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
Pinson, TN

Mr. Issac James
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
Memphis, TN

Mr. Monte Jones
ALUMNI REPRESENTATIVE
Jackson, TN

Ms. Countance Anderson
JSCC SUPPORT STAFF REPRESENTATIVE
Jackson, TN

Mr. Horace Chase
JSCC ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVE
Jackson, TN

Mr. Jason Bates
BUSINESS/COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Jackson, TN

Ms. Janet Ayers
COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Parsons, TN

Mr. Darrell King
COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Jackson, TN

Mr. Kyle Spurgeon
COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Jackson, TN

Mr. Joe T. Wood
COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Lexington, TN 

Anyone with a disability who wishes to participate should contact Rick Locker at rick.locker@tbr.edu or 615-366-4417 no later than Monday, Aug. 29, to request services needed to facilitate attendance. 

More information on the presidential search process, including the criteria for selection, can be found on the TBR website at https://www.tbr.edu/hr/executivesearches/president-jackson-state-community-college

Jackson State Community College is a public, comprehensive, multi-campus college offering associate degrees and certificates in a learning-centered environment. Its primary service area encompasses 14 West Tennessee counties. The main campus is in Jackson, Tenn., with additional campus locations in Humboldt, Lexington and Savannah. It also offers courses in several high schools and other sites across the region. Jackson State has been ranked as one of the most tech-savvy community colleges in the country and recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program.

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 100,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.