Two finalists selected for Tennessee College of Applied Technology Athens; public forum set for Nov. 17

Two finalists selected for next president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Athens

NASHVILLE – Two finalists have been selected for the next president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Athens, and a public forum on the campus with both candidates is set for Nov. 17.

The finalists are:

  • Kimberly Ann Davis, vice president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Athens. She holds a master’s degree in leadership management and a bachelor’s degree in organizational management, both from Tennessee Technological University, an associate’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State Community College, and a receptionists certificate from TCAT Athens.
  • Susan L. Hatto, dean for industrial education and workforce training at Montcalm Community College in Sidney, Michigan. She holds a master’s degree in education from Capella University and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University. She has completed coursework and the comprehensive exam, but not the dissertation, toward a doctorate in strategic leadership at Liberty University. 

Their complete resumés are posted on the Tennessee Board of Regents’ TCAT Athens executive search webpage at

Public forums and campus interviews are scheduled for both candidates on Nov. 17 in the Bowers Room at the college’s main campus, 1635 Technology Way, Athens, Tennessee, with Davis scheduled for 9 a.m. ET and Hatto at 10 a.m. The forums will also be live-streamed via Microsoft Teams (information below).

Following the public forums, TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings will conduct further interviews with the candidates, review feedback from the public and campus community, and recommend a single candidate to the Board of Regents, which will likely consider the chancellor’s recommendation at its Dec. 1 quarterly board meeting. The board approved criteria for the next president Aug. 8. 

The next president will succeed TCAT Athens President Stewart Smith, who is retiring at the end of the year after 21 years as the college’s chief executive officer and 30 years of overall service with Tennessee’s public technical colleges. His career in the Tennessee Board of Regents system began in 1992 at TCAT Crump.

TCAT Athens offers nine separate career and technical education programs for students. For more information on the college and its programs:

To observe the finalists’ forums via Microsoft Teams: 

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Meeting ID: 255 039 585 479 
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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.