Tennessee Board of Regents Quarterly Meeting Set for June 13

Tennessee Board of Regents to discuss key educational topics at Jackson State Community College on June 13.

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold its next regular quarterly meeting on Thursday, June 13, at Jackson State Community College. The meeting will cover a range of topics, including recommendations for tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2024-25, capital budget requests for Fiscal Year 2025-26, the appointment of the next president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Elizabethton, and a new associate degree program in nuclear technology at Roane State Community College.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. CT in the Ayers Auditorium of the Ned R. McWherter Center on the Jackson State Community College campus, located at 2046 North Parkway, Jackson, TN. Prior to the meeting, there will be a presentation on campus activities by Jackson State and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology Jackson and Crump starting at 12:30 p.m.

The meeting will be livestreamed and archived on the TBR website at https://www.tbr.edu/board/june-2024-quarterly-board-meeting. The full agenda and board materials are also available at the same meeting link. Those wishing to attend the meeting in person may contact Dr. Mariah Perry, Board Secretary, at mariah.perry@tbr.edu or 615-366-3927 by 4 p.m. CT on Wednesday, June 12, for security access or accommodations.

On Friday, June 14, the board will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for TCAT Jackson’s new Stanton Campus at 8285 Highway 222, Stanton, TN. The public is invited and encouraged to RSVP at tbr.edu/rsvp/stanton. Doors will open at 11:15 a.m., and the ceremony is scheduled for 12 noon.

During the Thursday meeting, the board will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases averaging 4.88 percent at technical colleges and from 4.58 to 5.37 percent (an average of 5.2 percent) at community colleges, as recommended by the board’s Finance and Business Operations Committee on May 29. More details, including college-specific rates, are available here and in the board materials at the meeting link.

The board will also consider capital budget proposals for college construction and renovation projects for Fiscal Year 2025-26. Approvals will then be forwarded to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission as the next step in the budget process.

Chancellor Flora W. Tydings has recommended Heath R. McMillian to be the next president of TCAT Elizabethton. McMillian, currently president of TCAT Jackson, has led the development of the college’s new Stanton Campus. If his appointment is approved, the board will also consider search criteria for the next president of TCAT Jackson.

Other items on the agenda include personnel policy revisions, president emeriti contracts, various compensation proposals, a new Associate of Applied Science degree program in nuclear technology at Roane State Community College, new program proposals at colleges of applied technology, promotion and tenure recommendations, estimated budgets for Fiscal Year 2024, proposed budgets for Fiscal Year 2025, the election of the board’s vice chair for 2024-2025, and resolutions of appreciation for outgoing Board Members Vanessa Pilkinton and Layah Garton, as well as retiring TCAT Henry/Carroll President Willie Huffman.

The board will also receive informational reports on accreditation, the TBR Strategic Plan in Action, the restructuring plan for the system’s Office of Policy and Strategy, and a capital projects update.

Persons who wish to address the Board may follow the process authorized by TBR Policy – Requests to Address the Board.

Resources: The June board meeting will be livestreamed here: https://www.tbr.edu/board/june-2024-quarterly-board-meeting, where board materials are also posted. The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 24 colleges of applied technology, and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Contact: Richard Locker, 615-366-4417

Published: 06/07/2024

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