The Search Advisory Committee assisting in the search for a new president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Pulaski will hold its orientation meeting and public forum Jan. 10 at the college’s main campus in Pulaski.
The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT in the college’s main administration and classroom building at 1233 East College Street, Pulaski. The meeting will open with a forum in which members of the public and the college community can express their views about the search and the characteristics the next president should have.
The president is the college’s chief executive officer. President Tony Creecy retired Jan. 2 after more than six years as president and a total of 33 years of service at TCAT Pulaski. Dr. Lynn Goodman, who is special assistant to TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings, is serving as interim president until the next president is appointed and takes office. The Tennessee Board of Regents’ goal is to have the next president in place by April 15.
The Board of Regents approved criteria for the position in November. The criteria, application and nomination information, a search timeline and other information about the position and the college are posted on the TBR website at https://www.tbr.edu/hr/executivesearches. Application materials should be submitted by Jan. 17.
The Search Advisory Committee is chaired by Regent Joey Hatch and includes as members Regents Emily Reynolds and Yolanda Greene and representatives of the TCAT Pulaski faculty, staff and students and community and business leaders.
The committee will review applicants, conduct interviews and submit up to three finalists to Chancellor Tydings, who will interview them further, gather input from the campus community and recommend one candidate to the Board for its consideration. The full Board of Regents appoints presidents of all 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology in the College System of Tennessee, which the Board governs.
TCAT Pulaski served over 1,400 students during the last academic year, including about 450 dual-enrollment high school students. The college offers 17 technical career programs.
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.