UPDATE: Regents approve Tydings as new Chat State president
By WRCB Staff
Dr. Flora Tydings at Chattanooga State during the recent Presidential Candidate Forum.
UPDATE: The Tennessee Board of Regents today appointed new presidents at Chattanooga State Community College, Motlow State Community College in Moore County, and Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, and a new director for the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology at Covington and Ripley.Flora Tydings, currently the president at Athens Technical College in Northeast Georgia, will assume the leadership role at Chattanooga State Community College on July 13.
Anthony G. Kinkel, now serving as president of Wichita Area Technical College in Kansas, takes over as president of Motlow State effective Aug. 1.
Tracy D. Hall, vice president for academic affairs at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, will join the Southwest Tennessee campus as president on July 13.
Youlanda Jones-Wilcox will become the new director of the TCATs at Covington and Ripley on July 1.
PREVIOUS STORY: Dr. Flora Tydings is expected to be named the next president to lead Chattanooga State Community College, pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents at a special called meeting on May 27, according to a news release.
Tydings is currently the president of Athens (GA) Technical College, a multi-campus, two-year institution serving a 10-county region of Northeast Georgia. She will join Chattanooga State on July 13.
The Tennessee Board of Regents will meet at 9:30am CDT at the TBR System Office in Nashville.
Included on the agenda is TBR Chancellor John Morgan's recommendation for Tydings to replace Interim President Fannie Hewlett, who agreed to serve a temporary appointment after Jim Catanzaro retired as president of the college in December.
“President Tydings has the critical experience leading an institution with a similar mission to Chattanooga State,” said Morgan. “She has demonstrated a clear understanding of the important role community colleges play in providing both career training for workforce development and helping students prepare for transfer to a university. Her leadership style will provide a stabilizing influence for the campus while motivating its faculty and staff to continue moving forward with innovative programs.”
In her 12-year tenure as president of Athens Tech, Tydings has overseen growth in enrollment and expansion of degree offerings, particularly in programs related to workforce development needs of the region. She has helped raise more than $30 million in private gifts and public grants for the institution, and significantly increased efforts to support student success, faculty development and use of innovative technology.
Tydings also provided interim leadership at two other colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia after the departure of presidents at the campuses of Central Georgia Technical College and Sandersville Technical College.
Prior to her role at Athens Tech, Tydings served five years as vice president for Academic Affairs at Central Georgia Technical College, was director of curriculum and staff development at Macon (Ga.) Technical Institute, and directed apprenticeship programs at several secondary school systems in the state.
Tydings earned her doctor of education degree in occupational studies at the University of Georgia and holds a master's of education degree as a reading specialist from Mercer University and bachelor's degree in behavioral science from Georgia Southern University.
A member of multiple professional and civic organizations, Tydings has been honored by the Boy Scouts of Northeast Georgia with the 2014 Distinguished Citizen Award. She also received the Jeanette Rankin Foundation Founders Award and the Athena International Award. The Atlanta Business Chronicle has included her among Recognized Leaders in Education every year since 2009.