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Confirmed as Regents chancellor, Tydings seeks premiere system status

Fresh off a confirmation vote Tuesday making her the new chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, Dr. Flora Tydings is setting an ambitious goal to transform the higher education entity into the “nation’s premiere  technical and community college system,” reports the Times-Free Press.

Tydings, the current president of Chattanooga State Community College…  takes over formally as chancellor on Feb. 1 and will be paid $345,000 annually… She called it a “privilege” and an honor to “serve the state of Tennessee as your next chancellor, moving us through the transition of the FOCUS Act and toward becoming the nation’s premier technical and community college system.”

…Haslam told the regents… “We are not backing up at all in our commitment to our community college network and our technical schools. I think the role these schools play in our state will grow exponentially.”

Haslam also called it “a good thing when we have somebody we know and have seen their track record of performance take this position.”

Chattanooga State president picked as new Board of Regents chief

News release from Board of Regents

The Tennessee Board of Regents will meet in a special called session Tuesday, Dec. 27, to consider a recommendation for the appointment of Dr. Flora Tydings as the next chancellor of the Board of Regents system.

Tydings has been president of Chattanooga State Community College since July 2015, and was president of Athens Technical College in Athens, Ga., a campus of the public Technical College System of Georgia, from 2003 to 2015.

The Board of Regents will meet via a telephone conference call at 1 p.m. CST Tuesday to consider the recommendation by Gov. Bill Haslam for Tydings’ appointment. The governor is chairman of the Board of Regents and also chaired a 16-member chancellor search committee appointed by the Board in August, personally leading the search for the TBR system’s next chief executive officer.

“After a very deliberate search, careful thought and much input from the search committee and the TBR system and campus communities, I’m pleased to recommend Dr. Flora Tydings to lead the Board of Regents as it transitions under the FOCUS Act and continues its critical work ahead in the Drive to 55 effort to equip a majority of Tennesseans with post-secondary degrees, diplomas and certificates,” Gov. Haslam said today.

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