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Chattanooga State Presidential Finalists

The list of those vying to lead Chattanooga State Community College has been reduced from 70 applicants to four finalists.

The Tennessee Board of Regents, which oversees the college, announced the four finalists selected by a search committee on Tuesday. They include:

* Karla A. Fisher, vice president of academics and former interim president at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. Fisher holds a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin along with bachelor's and master's degrees from St. Mary's University. Before starting at Butler Community College in 2010, she worked at the Center for Community College Student Engagement, Salt Lake Community College and held jobs in the private sector.

* Kevin A. Pollock, president of St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Mich. Pollock holds a doctoral degree from Michigan State University, along with bachelor's and master's degrees from Central Michigan University. His previous work includes stints at West Shore Community College in Scottville, Mich., Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Mich.

* Roger A. Ramsammy, provost and chief academic officer at Northern Virginia Community College's Manassas Campus. Ramsammy holds a doctorate and a master's degree from Howard University and a bachelor's degree from the University of the District of Columbia. He previously held several positions at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Fla, including teaching and administrative roles.

* Flora W. Tydings, president of Athens Technical College in Athens, Ga. Tydings holds a doctoral degree from The University of Georgia, a master's degree from Mercer University and a bachelor's degree from Georgia Southern University. She previously worked at Middle Georgia College in Cochran, Ga., the Applied Psychology Center in Warner Robins, Ga., and owned a small business.

Each finalist will participate in campus forums and community receptions next week. Their application materials can be viewed on a special presidential search website.

A search committee was charged with identifying and interviewing three to five finalists to replace former President Jim Catanzaro, who stepped down in December amid scandal after 24 years at the helm. Fannie Hewlett is serving as interim president.

Board of Regents officials said Chancellor John Morgan expects to name a permanent president by July.

Contact staff writer Keivn Hardy at khardy@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6249.

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