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.”

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