The Search Advisory Committee members for a new president of Southwest Tennessee Community College have been selected and will meet for the first time on Monday, Jan. 26, following a public forum on Southwest’s Macon Cove campus about the search process.
The open forum to discuss the criteria and search process for the new president will be held from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. on the Southwest Macon Cove campus in Farris Administration Building Room A. The search advisory committee will then convene at noon in the same location.
Both the forum and the committee’s first meeting are open to the public and the media.
The search committee’s charge is to identify three to five finalists for the position of president who will visit the campus for interviews. Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan will then consult with members of the committee and make a final selection for submission to the TBR for approval.
Southwest President Nate Essex announced last August his plans to retire effective June 30 this year. He has served as president of Southwest since 2001.
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. One of the committee’s first tasks at the meeting will be to decide on the schedule and procedures for identifying the finalists. Initial screenings of applicants is expected to begin in February.
The committee members are as follows:
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.