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TBR Approves William Seymour as Cleveland State President, Other Actions During December Quarterly Board Meeting

The Tennessee Board of Regents today unanimously approved William Seymour as the next president of Cleveland State Community College.

Seymour will assume his leadership role on January 2 after current president Carl Hite retires.

The Board took the action during its regular quarterly board meeting in Nashville, acting on a recommendation from TBR Chancellor John Morgan. Seymour was selected after a nationwide search. He currently serves as vice president for Institutional Advancement at Jackson State Community College in Jackson, Tenn.

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TBR Chancellor to Recommend William Seymour as Cleveland State President; Board to Meet Dec. 5

William Seymour will be recommended as the next president to lead Cleveland State Community College pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents on Dec. 5.

TBR Chancellor John Morgan will recommend Seymour’s appointment to the Board during its quarterly meeting in Nashville on Thursday, Dec. 5. If approved, Seymour will become president on Jan. 2, replacing Carl Hite, who will retire at the end of the year after leading Cleveland State for 17 years. Seymour currently serves as vice president for Institutional Advancement at Jackson State Community College in Jackson, Tenn.

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UofM Presidential Search Advisory Committee Named; First Meeting, Open Forum Scheduled Dec. 4

The Search Advisory Committee members for a new president of the University of Memphis have been selected and will meet for the first time in December following a public forum on the UofM campus about the search process.

The advisory committee will meet at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, on the UofM campus in the University Center Bluff Room. Campus and community members are also invited to an open forum to discuss the criteria and search process for the new president from 11 a.m. – noon in the University Center River Room.

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Grants Available for TBR Institutions to Help Students Complete Successfully

The TBR Completion Initiative Support Program is designed to provide grant funds to help TBR campuses increase the educational attainment level of all citizens of the state of Tennessee, with a primary focus on underrepresented and other targeted student populations. For details and application information, visit

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TBR Schedules Committee Chairs, Audit and Academic Policies & Programs Committee Meetings Nov. 19

Tennessee Board of Regents Committee Chairs, Audit Committee and Academic Policies and Programs Committee meetings are scheduled at the TBR office in Nashville on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

The Committee Chairs meeting will begin at noon CST and include the following agenda items:

1. Finance and Business Issues

2. Legislative Initiatives and Legislative Briefings

3. Update on the Director’s Search at Morristown

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Travel Per-Diem Increases Take Effect Oct. 1

Effective October 1, 2013, the federal CONUS travel per diems are increasing. Below are rates that will change:

  • Lunch at $51 per diem rate increase from $11 to $12

General Lodging Changes:

  • Level I Counties and Cities increase from $107 to $122 + tax
  • Level II Counties and Cities increase from $97 to $102 + tax
  • Level III Counties and Cities increase from $77 to $83 + tax

Lodging changes under Exception One (chancellor, presidents, directors, etc.)

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TBR System Office Experiencing Email Difficulties

The Tennessee Board of Regents System Office is migrating e-mail and other services to the Office 365 cloud offering. Unfortunately, issues with the old e-mail system are resulting in significant delays in the delivery of some messages, and in some instances messages may bounce back as undeliverable. We apologize for this inconvenience. The move to the cloud will address the problem, but it may take a few weeks to completely move all staff members to the new Office 365 e-mail system.


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