Roane State Presidential Search Advisory Committee Named; First Meeting Scheduled July 9

The presidential search advisory committee for a new president of Roane State Community College has been selected and will meet for the first time Monday, July 9.

The meeting will begin at 12:45 p.m. EDT in the Dunbar Building Faculty Dining Room on the college’s main campus in Harriman.

Roane State’s current president, Gary Goff, announced in March his plan to retire at the end of October after leading the college for seven years. The new president is expected to be named this fall.

The search committee’s charge is to identify three to five finalists for the position 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 Danni Varlan, ChairTBR BOARD MEMBERKnoxville, TN
  • Regent Tom GriscomTBR BOARD MEMBERChattanooga, TN
  • Regent Howard RoddyTBR BOARD MEMBERHixson, TN
  • Ms. Pat Wurth FACULTY REPRESENTATIVEFaculty Senate PresidentAssociate Professor of Geographic Information Systems and GeologyRoane State Community CollegeOak Ridge Branch CampusOak Ridge, TN
  • Dr. George Meghabghab FACULTY REPRESENTATIVEFaculty Senate Vice PresidentProfessor of Computer ScienceRoane State Community CollegeHarriman, TN
  • Dr. Don MillerFACULTY REPRESENTATIVEProfessor of Anthropology and Sociology Roane State Community CollegeHarriman, TN
  • Ms. Rebecca Staton STUDENT REPRESENTATIVEExecutive Board Chair Roane State Community CollegeHarriman, TN
  • Mr. Glen Allen HickmanSTUDENT REPRESENTATIVERoane State Community College Harriman, TN
  • Ms. Diane Mount SUPPORT STAFF REPRESENTATIVESupport Staff Council President Accounts Payable SupervisorRoane State Community CollegeHarriman, TN
  • Ms. Beverly Bonner ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVEDean of StudentsRoane State Community CollegeHarriman, TN
  • Ms. Joy Liggett Ingram ALUMNI REPRESENTATIVEAssociate Professor of HistoryPellissippi State Community CollegeKnoxville, TN
  • Mr. Barry A. Stephenson BUSINESS COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE Chair of East Tennessee Economic Council President/CEO Materials and Chemistry Laboratory, Inc. (MCLinc).Oak Ridge, TN
  • Mr. David Coffey BUSINESS COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVEFormer State Representative and BusinessmanLenoir City, TN
  • Mr. Jim Henry COMMUNITY AT LARGE REPRESENTATIVECommissioner of Intellectual Disabilities andPresident/CEO of Omni Visions, Inc.Former State Representative Kingston, TN
  • Mayor Chris Mason COMMUNITY AT LARGE REPRESENTATIVEMayor of HarrimanHarriman, TN
  • Dr. Jim RobertoCOMMUNITY AT LARGE REPRESENTATIVEAssociate Laboratory DirectorScience & Technology Partnerships DirectorateOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak Ridge, TN

The July 9 meeting of the Search Advisory Committee will be open to the press and the public as observers. 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, July 5. More information on the presidential search process, including the criteria for selection, can be found at under the “Quick Links” section.

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 Roane 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.