published Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Group conducting search for president of Cleveland State sets first meeting

NASHVILLE — A just-named presidential search advisory committee to find a find a new president for Cleveland State Community College holds its first meeting on Sept. 16.

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan named regent Tom Griscom of Chattanooga as chairman of the 17-member group, most of whom come from Cleveland.

Other search committee members include regents Howard Roddy of Chattanooga and Danni Varlan of Knoxville, four college faculty representatives, business representatives and others.

The search committee’s charge is to identify three to five finalists to replace current college President Carl Hite, who announced in December he intends to retire after 17 years at Cleveland State's helm.

Each finalist will visit the campus for interviews. Chancellor Morgan will then recommend a candidate to the Board of Regents for approval.

A new president is expected to be named by year’s end.

The first half of the Sept. 16 meeting is open to the public. Committee members will then convene privately when candidate screenings begin.

The meeting will begin at 12:45 p.m.in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center Room J113 on the Cleveland State campus.

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