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TBR chancellor recommends Flora for Northeast State presidency

Staff report • Nov 6, 2018 at 5:07 PM

NASHVILLE — Dr. Bethany H. Flora is being recommended for the presidency of Northeast State Community College, the Tennessee Board of Regents announced late Tuesday afternoon.

Flora is associate director of the Center for Community College Leadership at East Tennessee State University, where she also serves as an associate professor of postsecondary leadership in the Clemmer College of Education.

The TBR will meet in a special called session Nov. 13 to consider Chancellor Flora W. Tydings’ recommendations for new presidents at NSCC and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Knoxville.

“I am honored to be nominated by Chancellor Tydings and if selected by the board I look forward to serving the college by advancing the mission and upholding the Northeast State values of Respect, Responsibility, and Responsiveness,” Flora said. “I am grateful to President King who made a remarkable impact on the college through many new partnerships and programs.”

Flora was one of two finalists recommended by a presidential search advisory committee Oct. 10. She earned her Ph.D. in higher education administration at Virginia Tech, her M.A. in organizational management at Tusculum University and her B.A. in business and public administration at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Her complete resume is on the TBR website at https://www.tbr.edu/hr/executivesearches/president-northeast-state-community-college.

The chancellor will make her recommendation for the next president at TCAT Knoxville at the meeting. The two finalists for that post are visiting the Knoxville campus Wednesday and Thursday for meetings with faculty, staff, students and the community.

The chancellor will gather input from those visits and conduct further interviews before choosing one candidate to recommend to the TBR.

The TCAT Knoxville finalists were selected Oct. 26 by a separate search advisory committee. They are Kelli A. Chaney, dean of career education and workforce development at Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonburg, Ky., and Michael E. Ricketts, dean of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Chattanooga. Ricketts is visiting the TCAT Knoxville campus Wednesday and Chaney on Thursday.

The board will meet at 10 a.m. central time Nov. 13 in the first floor boardroom at the TBR System office at 1 Bridgestone Park in Nashville.

The meeting is open to the public, and anyone interested may also listen via telephone conferencing. Contact TBR Communications Director Rick Locker at (615) 366-4417 or rick.locker@tbr.edu for dial-in information.

The TBR’s Nov. 13 agenda will also include consideration of the criteria for the next president of TCAT Pulaski, as well as review and action on several personnel proposals to be considered by the Personnel and Compensation Committee in a previously announced meeting this Friday.

Also meeting Nov. 13 are the Board’s Audit Committee and the Board’s committee chairs. The Audit Committee will convene immediately after the full Board’s special called meeting, and the committee chairs meeting will convene after the Audit Committee adjourns.

The agenda for the committee chairs meeting includes an informational preview of several items scheduled for the Board of Regents’ next regular quarterly meeting Dec. 13, which will also be held at the system office. Those items include updates on proposed legislative initiatives for 2019, budget and finance issues and proposed revisions to TBR academic policies and programs.

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