About Flora Tydings
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.
NASHVILLE -- Chattanooga State's new president is expected to be Dr. Flora Tydings, veteran chief of Athens Technical College in Georgia, pending approval next week by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
TBR system Chancellor John Morgan said in a news release that he is recommending Tydings to the Board of Regents at a specially called meeting this Wednesday in Nashville.
Tydings, whose appointment is expected to be approved, officially takes over as the community college's president on July 13, replacing interim college President Fannie Hewlett who agreed to serve temporarily after long-time President Jim Catanzaro, 77, retired under fire in December.
Morgan said in the news release that "President Tydings has the critical experience leading an institution with a similar mission to Chattanooga State.
"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, Morgan said, "will provide a stabilizing influence for the campus while motivating its faculty and staff to continue moving forward with innovative programs."