The search advisory committee for a new president of Volunteer State Community College will meet again on Wednesday, Jan. 11 beginning at 12:45 p.m. CST in the Thigpen Library of Vol State’s Rochelle Center. The committee, which met for the first time in December to receive applications and outline the search process, will begin narrowing the list of candidates to a smaller group, around 10-15 first-round finalists. As of Jan. 4, 33 people had applied for the post.Vol State’s previous president, Warren Nichols, left in October to take the position as vice chancellor for the TBR’s new Community College System. Bruce Scism, Vol State’s vice president of Academic Affairs, was selected to serve as interim president until a permanent president is hired. Scism is among the applicants for the permanent position.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 make a final selection for submission to the TBR for approval. All meetings of the presidential search advisory committee are open to the press and the public as observers. More information on the presidential search process, including the criteria for selection, can be found at www.tbr.edu under the “Quick Links” section.The TBR is the nation’s sixth largest higher education system, governing 46 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges (including Vol State) and 27 technology centers, providing programs in 90 of Tennessee’s 95 counties to more than 200,000 students.
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.