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Vol State Presidential Search Advisory Committee Named

The presidential search advisory committee for a new president of Volunteer State Community College has been selected and will meet for the first time Thursday, Dec. 15.

The meeting will begin at 12:45 p.m. CST in the Thigpen Library of the Rochelle Center on the Vol State campus.

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.

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.

The committee members are as follows:

Mr. Robert P. (Bob) Thomas, ChairTBR BOARD MEMBERNashville, TN Dr. John (Steve) CopelandTBR BOARD MEMBERCookeville, TN Mr. Lee GattsTBR BOARD MEMBERTBR Student RegentTennessee Tech UniversityCookeville, TN Ms. Emily ReynoldsTBR BOARD MEMBERNashville, TN Ms. Loretta CalvertFACULTY REPRESENTATIVEFaculty Council SpeakerCoordinator and Instructor/Paralegal StudiesVolunteer State Community CollegeGallatin, TN Mr. Scott McMillanFACULTY REPRESENTATIVEAssociate Professor/English, History andPolitical ScienceVolunteer State Community CollegeLivingston, TN Ms. Kimberly ChristmonFACULTY REPRESENTATIVEAssistant Professor/Respiratory Care ProgramVolunteer State Community CollegeGallatin, TN Ms. Chanel AlfordSTUDENT REPRESENTATIVESGA PresidentVolunteer State Community CollegeGallatin, TN Mr. Levis Padron STUDENT REPRESENTATIVEPresident of VISA (Volunteer State International Student Association)Volunteer State Community CollegeGallatin, TN Mr. Ronald E. MayberryALUMNI REPRESENTATIVEVice PresidentCitizens BankGallatin, TN Ms. Lisa Lynch MorrisSUPPORT STAFF REPRESENTATIVECo-Chair of the Support Staff CouncilOffice Supervisor/Campus PoliceVolunteer State Community CollegeGallatin, TN Ms. Patty PowellADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVEVice President for Student ServicesVolunteer State Community CollegeGallatin, TN Mr. William L. NicholsBUSINESS COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVELincoln Financial AdvisorsNashville, TN Dr. R. Wade PowersCOMMUNITY-AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVEFoundation Board of Trustees Memberand Former Dean of the College Gallatin, TN Dr. Grover L. PorterCOMMUNITY-AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVECPA and Retired ProfessorHendersonville, TN

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 100,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.