Chattanooga State kicks off search for president

A student walks past the student enrollment center at Chattanooga State Technical Community College in this Feb. 5, 2014, photo.

The search committee charged with selecting the new president of Chattanooga State Community College convened for the first time Tuesday.

The first step to finding a successor for Dr. Jim Catanzaro -- Chattanooga State's longtime president who retired in December amid controversy -- began with a forum moderated by Dr. Betty Asher, a partner with Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc., a Florida-based executive search firm hired by the Tennessee Board of Regents to help with the process.

Many were interested in the proceedings, with more than 70 faculty, staff and students from the college in attendance. Several took to the microphone to share the qualities they wished to see in the school's new leader.

"I want a president that is committed to our mission as a community college, which is teaching general education to students," said Joel Henderson, head of the college's English Department.