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Maxine Smith Fellows Program

About the Program

The Maxine Smith Fellows Program was originally created as a TBR central office Geier initiative designed to provide opportunities for African-American TBR employees to participate in a working and learning environment that would enhance work experience and career development.  The TBR central office remains committed to the program as a tool for enhancing opportunities and as a means to increase the diversity of ideas, thoughts and experiences that ultimately enhance the educational environment at our institutions.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To increase the academic and professional credentials of the Fellows;
  • To allow Fellows to observe and participate in decision-making situations;
  • To provide Fellows the opportunity to experience how policy is made at the institution, senior administrative and governing board levels; and
  • To help increase the number of qualified applicants from underrepresented groups for senior level administrative positions at TBR institutions.

It is expected that this program will enhance the marketability and employment potential of all Fellows who successfully complete the program.

Application Process

When the nomination period opens, Vice Chancellor Wendy Thompson will email all presidents and directors with the nomination deadline and submission requirements. Once the fellows are selected, Vice Chancellor Thompson will notify the presidents and directors, and then the nominees. 

2017 Maxine Smith Fellows 

  • Ms. Nikita Ashford-Ashworth, Director of Advising Academic Support, Southwest Tennessee Community College
  • Dr. Melva Black, Assistant Professor of Communication, Volunteer State Community College
  • V. Latosha Dexter, Esq., Deputy University Counsel, University of Memphis
  • Ms. Rachael Falu, Assistant Professor, Chattanooga State Community College
  • Dr. Cerrone Foster, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, East Tennessee State University
  • Mr. Thomas Graham, Director of Emergency Management, Tennessee State University
  • Ms. Jyuana Martin, Lead Instructor, Aesthetics Technician, TCAT Nashville
  • Mr. Sidney-Anthony McPhee, Smyrna Student Success Center Director/Completion Coach, Motlow State Community College
  • Ms. Joejuana Morton,  Grants Specialist, Cleveland State Community College
  • Dannelle Whiteside, Esq., General Counsel and Secretary to the Board, Austin Peay State University

2016 Maxine Smith Fellows Projects 

  • PDF icon Ms. Yuketa Hall, Director of Student Life, Dyersburg State Community College
  • PDF icon Dr. Martina Harris, Associate Professor, Director of Nursing Program, Chattanooga State Comm
  • & Advanced Prunity College
  • PDF icon Mr. Marcus Hayes, Associate Professor, Director of Dance, Austin Peay State University
  • PDF icon Mr. Sid Hill, Academic Assessment Specialist, Motlow State Community College
  • PDF icon Dr. Jame'l Hodges, Associate Vice President, Division of Student Success and Engagement, Virginia State University (formerly at Tennessee State University)
  • PDF icon Dr. Tachaka Hollins, Director of Technical Education, Tennessee Board of Regents System Office
  • PDF icon Mr. Harry Ingle, Director, Clay N. Hixon Student Success Center, College of Engineering, Tennessee Tech University
  • PDF icon Mr. De'Marcus Jackson, Associate Professor, Columbia State Community College
  • Dr. Arnold Nyarambi, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Residency, Pre-Clinical & Advanced Practicum in Special Education, East Tennessee State University

2015 Maxine Smith Fellows Projects

2014 Maxine Smith Fellows Projects

  • Ms. Kisha Caldwell, Director, Enrollment Service Center, Chattanooga State Community College
  • Mr. Patrick Davis, Director of Distance Education, Jackson State Community College
  • Dr. Cheryl Green, Interim Chief Student Affairs Officer, Tennessee State University
  • Dr. Melissa Irvin, Director of Retention Services, Tennessee Tech University
  • Dr. Jasmine Renner, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, East Tennessee State University
  • Ms. Dayna Smithers, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Northeast State Community College
  • Dr. Kim Sokoya, Associate Dean, College of Business, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Dr. Michael Torrence, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, Volunteer State Community College
  • Ms. Yolanda Williams, Student Services Counselor, TCAT Knoxville
  • Dr. Jeffery Wilson, Assistant Professor, Higher and Adult Education, University of Memphis

2013 Maxine Smith Fellows Projects

  • Ms. Countance Anderson, Director of Registration and Orientation, Jackson State Community College
  • Mr. Michael Boyd, Executive Director, Information Technology Services, Southwest Tennessee Community College
  • Ms. Roxanne Bowen, Coordinator of Multicultural Engagement/Counselor, Walters State Community College
  • Dr. Daryl Carter, Assistant Professor of History, East Tennessee State University
  • Dr. Tiffany Cox, Director, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Tennessee State University
  • Ms. Jonell Hinsey, Interim Director, Intercultural and Diversity Affairs, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Ms. Henrietta Kellum-Lusk, Assistant Director, Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Crump
  • Ms. Shelley Manns, Associate Professor of English, Columbia State Community College
  • Dr. Ladrica Menson Furr, Associate Professor of African American Literature, University of Memphis
  • Dr. Evelyn Mobley, Associate Professor, Life Sciences, Chattanooga State Community College
  • Mr. Patrick Wade, Recruiter/High School Counselor, Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Knoxville
  • Ms. Tracey Wright, Director of Special Programs and Community Relations, Cleveland State Community College