Volunteer State Community College
The Tennessee Board of Regents invites applications and nominations for the position of President of Volunteer State Community College. Volunteer State is one of Tennessee’s 13 community colleges in the Community College System of Tennessee, governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The President is the chief executive officer of the College and reports to the Tennessee Board of Regents through the Chancellor. Volunteer State Community College (VSCC) is a comprehensive, two-year postsecondary institution located in Gallatin, Tennessee. As an Achieving the Dream college committed to student success, VSCC meets the educational needs of the people it serves in 11 counties in middle Tennessee, enrolling approximately 9,000 credit students and over 700 non-credit students. The college employs over 450 full-time employees, including over 180 full-time faculty members, and operates on a budget of over $90 million.
VSCC awards Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, Associate of Science in Teaching (AST), Associate of Fine Arts (AFA), as well as technical and institutional certificates. VSCC provides roughly 35 academic programs of study. Currently, 24% of VSCC students are non-white, 25% percent of all credential-seeking students are enrolled in career preparation programs, while 75% of credential-seeking students are in programs intended for transfer. About 49% of VSCC students are enrolled full-time, and students aged 25 or older represent 28% of the population. During fall semester 2020, 20% of the students were dual enrollment students.
In addition to the main campus located in Gallatin, VSCC delivers programming at campuses in Cookeville, Livingston, Springfield, and selected teaching sites throughout the college’s area of responsibility. Additional information can be found at the college’s website: http://www.volstate.edu/
Volunteer State is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges and Schools of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It has been recognized as an innovative and entrepreneurial college and is looking for a President to continue to move the college forward as a leader in higher education reform nationwide.
Preferred criteria for selection include, but are not limited to the following:
Qualifications and experience
o An earned doctorate from an accredited institution (preferred).
o A distinguished record of teaching and experience in public higher education (preferred);
o A minimum of five years successful campus administrative experience at a level with significant decision-making responsibilities affecting an entire campus or as head of a major academic or administrative unit in an academic environment (preferred);
o A distinguished record of extensive senior level administrative experience in a complex business, industry, or government enterprise
Expected criteria for selection include:
A demonstrated commitment to serving students, faculty and staff
o An understanding of and commitment to the principles of academic freedom, tenure, and shared governance;
o A commitment to attracting traditional and non-traditional students into transfer programs as well as workforce programs (AAS/certificates/diplomas) and promoting approaches to enhance their opportunities for success;
o An understanding of and commitment to enhancing student success through focused efforts on retention, persistence and completion;
o A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion as core values that enhance the educational process;
o A demonstrated commitment to affirmative action, and equal opportunity;
o A demonstrated strength in human relations, communications, planning, financial management, budgeting, and organizational skills to lead and inspire internal and external constituencies of the college;
o Demonstrated ability of being able to lead an institution that is comprised of diverse campuses that meet specific needs in the communities served, recognizing the educational requirements in each community and aligning resources and support to achieve those needs;
o A demonstrated background with and understanding of and commitment to private fundraising;
o An understanding of regional workforce education and training needs and how to strategically position Volunteer State in a highly competitive post-secondary education marketplace;
o An understanding of and commitment to the role of Volunteer State as a part of a higher education system;
o An understanding of the needs and concerns of the public and private constituencies of the college, as well as of the college community, including students, faculty and staff, alumni, and other college supporters;
The Tennessee Board of Regents is committed to building and sustaining an inclusive and diverse educational environment and encourages applications from interested candidates who can contribute to, promote, and enhance this effort.
The Community College System of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Under state law, applicants may request that their application and related materials be confidential and not open for public inspection until such time the candidate is selected as a finalist for the position. The Tennessee Open Meetings Act requires meetings of the Board of Regents to be open to the public.
Initial screening of applicants will begin April 20, 2021 and it is anticipated that the President will be selected prior to August 1, 2021.
Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:
Betty Turner Asher, Partner
Ashley Hice, Senior Executive Search Consultant
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206 Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Phone: 850-650-2277/ Fax: 850-650-2272
Email: [email protected]
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