The Maxine Smith Fellows program is a professional development opportunity for faculty, staff, and administrators at TBR colleges and Tennessee Locally Governed Universities. The Maxine Smith Fellows program goal is to increase diversity, particularly with regards to race and ethnicity, in the faculty and senior leadership ranks in Tennessee public higher education. The program is cohort-based and provides professional development and training, mentoring, and collaborative-based project opportunities.
The program is named for Maxine A. Smith, a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents from 1994 – 2006. Ms. Smith was instrumental in the desegregation of public schools in the city of Memphis and worked tirelessly to ensure equal access to educational opportunities at all levels. Her connection with TBR spanned from denial of her application to matriculate at Memphis State University to her devotion to equity and student success during her 12 years as a regent.
The program timing and cohort composition may be based on specific program, project, or research needs. Participants are selected from individuals who have been nominated by their institutional presidents.
Antija Allen, Pellissippi State Community College
Charria Campbell, Tennessee Tech University
Sean Chism, Tennessee Board of Regents system office
Daniel Green, Middle Tennessee State University
Quincy Jenkins, Chattanooga State Community College
Kiana Johnson, East Tennessee State University
Brelinda Johnson, Middle Tennessee State University
Shayla Kolheim, Southwest Tennessee Community College
Deidre’ Kyle, Walters State Community College
Erica Lee, Motlow State Community College
Tongai Maodzwa, Northeast State Community College
Adrian Montague, Jackson State Community College
Arlene Nicholas-Phillips, Tennessee State University
Barbara Scales, Motlow State Community College
Cheryl Seay, Tennessee State University
Tanya Shephard, Roane State Community College
Eric Stokes, University of Memphis
Sharron Taylor Burnett, Dyersburg State Community College
LaNeeca Williams, Austin Peay State University
Johnny Wyatt, Columbia State Community College