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Southwest Tennessee Community College Presidential Search Advisory Committee Named; Open Forum, First Meeting Scheduled Jan. 26

Southwest Tennessee

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:

  • Regent Greg Duckett, Chair
    TBR BOARD MEMBER
     
  • Regent Barbara Prescott
    TBR BOARD MEMBER
     
  • Regent Leigh Shockey
    TBR BOARD MEMBER
     
  • Mr. Bill Summons
    FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE
    Faculty Senate President
    Southwest Tennessee Community College
     
  • Dr. Melinda Wade
    FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE
    Southwest Tennessee Community College
     
  • Dr. Tamara McColgan
    FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE
    Southwest Tennessee Community College
     
  • Ms. Toletta Patterson
    STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
    SGA Vice President Satellites
    Southwest Tennessee Community College
     
  • Mr. Michael Boyd
    ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVE
    Executive Director/CIO of Information Technology
    Southwest Tennessee Community College
     
  • Mrs. Alberta Williams
    SUPPORT STAFF REPRESENTATIVE
    Southwest Tennessee Community College
     
  • Mr. Darrell K. Thomas
    BUSINESS COMMUNITY LEADER
    Chairman/CEO Thomas Consultants, Inc.
     
  • Mr. John Farris
    FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBER
    Southwest Tennessee Community College
     
  • Ms. Beth Flanagan
    BUSINESS COMMUNITY LEADER
    Director of Memphis Medical Center
     
  • Ms. Carolyn Hardy
    BUSINESS COMMUNITY LEADER
    CEP Chism-Hardy Enterprises
     
  • Mr. Phil Trenary
    BUSINESS COMMUNITY LEADER
    CEO The Greater Memphis Chamber
     
  • Ms. Blair Taylor
    BUSINESS COMMUNITY LEADER
    President, Memphis Tomorrow
     
  • Dr. Glen Fenter
    BUSINESS COMMUNITY LEADER
    President, Mid-South Community College
    West Memphis, AR

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.