The search advisory committee for a new president of Volunteer State Community College will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 1, beginning at 12:45 p.m. CST in the Rochelle Center of Vol State’s Thigpen Library. The committee met in January and narrowed the pool of 35 applicants to a list of 12 first-round candidates. Since then, committee members have been carefully reviewing the candidates’ dossiers, checking references and collecting additional relevant information. The committee is expected to narrow the list further Wednesday to three to five finalists.Vol State’s previous president, Warren Nichols, left in October to take the position as vice chancellor for the Tennessee Board of Regent’s new Community College System. The search committee’s charge is to identify finalists for the position of president who will visit the campus for interviews with the committee and college constituents. Tentative dates for campus interviews are planned for the week of Feb. 27.After the interviews, TBR Chancellor John Morgan will gather feedback from committee members and make the 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.