Search committee for next president of Volunteer State Community College to hold first meeting & public forum April 28

Vol State presidential search begins

The Search Advisory Committee leading the search for the next president of Volunteer State Community College has scheduled its first meeting and a public forum on Wednesday, April 28.

The forum is scheduled for 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. CT, with the committee’s meeting immediately following at 9:30 a.m. – both by teleconferencing due to health and safety precautions for the Covid-19 pandemic.

The forum provides an opportunity for members of the campus community and the public to learn more about the search process and express their views on the qualities and characteristics they would like to see in the next president. The forum will be held via Zoom meeting. To join, use this link or call 833-548-0282 toll-free or 877-853-5247 toll-free, Meeting ID: 979 2859 6293.

The committee’s meeting, primarily an orientation session for members, will follow via Microsoft Teams. For access information to the meeting, contact Board Secretary Sonja Mason by 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, at or 615-366-3927.

Dr. Jerry Faulkner has announced his retirement, effective Aug. 31 after more than nine years as the third president in Volunteer State’s 50-year history. The Tennessee Board of Regents expects to appoint his successor by Aug. 1, effective Sept. 1, to ensure a smooth transition.

The Search Advisory Committee – whose 18 members were announced March 31 – will review applicants and nominees for the next president and recommend up to three finalists, who will be introduced to the community in campus interviews and public forums. Afterward, TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings will review input from the campus community and the public and submit a single recommendation to the Board of Regents. The executive search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates is assisting in the search.

The Tennessee Board of Regents invites applications and nominations for the position. Full details – including criteria for the next president, how to apply and submit nominations, and information about the college – are available on the TBR website at and the Volunteer State Community College website at

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 24 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.