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TBR search committee for new chancellor to meet Sept. 2

The Tennessee Board of Regents is launching its search for a new chancellor with the appointment of a search committee that is scheduled to meet for the first time Sept. 2.

The 16-member committee will be chaired by Gov. Bill Haslam, who is also chair of the Board of Regents. The committee includes five other members of the Board of Regents, representatives of TBR institutions, faculty, students and alumni, and business and community representatives.

The committee’s charge is to narrow applicants and nominees for the position to at least three finalists for presentation to the full Board of Regents, which will choose the next chancellor. The Board expects to have a new chancellor in office by the start of 2017, succeeding Acting Chancellor David Gregory.

Gregory was appointed acting chancellor following the retirement of Chancellor John G. Morgan in January. Gregory served since 1998 as vice chancellor for administration and facilities development. Morgan was chancellor from October 2010 through January 2016, after a long career in state government, including five terms as comptroller of the treasury.

The board approved criteria for the next chancellor at its June 24 meeting at Northeast State Community College. The board selected Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search and consulting firm, to assist in the search.

The chancellor is the chief executive officer of the TBR system, managing the system and providing strategic leadership in accordance with the board’s direction and policies.

The next chancellor will oversee the system's transition under the FOCUS Act (Focus on College and University Success), proposed by Governor Haslam and approved by the Tennessee General Assembly earlier this year. TheFOCUS Act supports the state’s Drive  to 55 campaign to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or certificate to 55 percent by 2025.

The search committee is scheduled to meet at 1:30 p.m. CDT Sept. 2 to begin its work. The committee will convene in the TBR board room on the second floor of the Genesco Building, 1415 Murfreesboro Road, in Nashville. The meeting is open to the public and media. Due to Genesco building security procedures, visitors are asked to submit their names to TBR interim director of communications Rick Locker by 5 p.m. Sept. 1, by email at rick.locker@tbr.edu or by phone at 615-366-4417.

Members of the chancellor search committee are:

 

Governor Bill Haslam
TBR BOARD CHAIR
Nashville, TN

Regent Emily J. Reynolds
TBR BOARD VICE CHAIR
Nashville, TN

Regent Mary Lou Apple
TBR BOARD MEMBER
Tullahoma, TN

Regent Greg Duckett
TBR BOARD MEMBER
Memphis, TN

Regent Tom Griscom
TBR BOARD MEMBER
Chattanooga, TN

Regent Danni Varlan
TBR BOARD MEMBER
Knoxville, TN

Dr. Alisa White, President
Austin Peay State University
TBR SYSTEM REPRESENTATIVE
Clarksville, TN

Dr. Janice Gilliam, President
Northeast State Community College
TBR SYSTEM REPRESENTATIVE
Blountville, TN

Mr. Roland Rayner, Director
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis
TBR SYSTEM REPRESENTATIVE
Memphis, TN

Ms. Renee Stewart, Associate Vice Chancellor for Business & Finance
TBR SYSTEM OFFICE REPRESENTATIVE
Nashville, TN

Mr. Tony Hamblin
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Jacksboro
FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE
Jacksboro, TN

Mr. Bill Summons
Southwest Tennessee Community College
FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE
Memphis, TN

Ms. Jacqueline Gross
Nashville State Community College
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
Nashville, TN

Commissioner Randy Boyd
Department of Economic and Community Development
BUSINESS/COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Nashville, TN

Ms. Joelle Phillips
President, AT&T
BUSINESS/COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Nashville, TN

Mr. Joey Hatch
Executive Vice President/General Manager
Skanska USA Building, Inc.
ALUMNI REPRESENTATIVE
Nashville, TN

Full details of the search are available on the TBR website at: https://www.tbr.edu/hr/executivesearches

The TBR system is comprised of six universities, 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology.

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.