Education

Board of Regents have three interim actions for Northeast State

Issue raised after no confidence vote in president

Officials at Northeast State Community College received notice Thursday of three interim actions to be implemented following a no confidence vote in the school's president and a visit to campus by Tennessee Board of Regents officials earlier this month.

Those recommendations from the TBR include:

  • Having the retired Rosemary Jackson returning to serve as Chief Financial Officer on an interim basis until June 30.
  • A full review of Northeast State's Academic Affairs unit's structure to make sure accreditation benchmarks are met.
  • Develop best practices between the state, the college and the Faculty Senate to harbor better communication results with a focus on student success.

Northeast State President Janice Gilliam said in a prepared statement that accompanied the state report that she appreciated the concern and suggestions for improving the Blountville school, regardless of how the message was delivered.

Faculty Senate President Francis Canedo said in an email sent to News 5 that the senate was "dispirited" by Gilliam's comments on Thursday and vindicates the body's move to give her a majority vote of no confidence earlier this month.

Canedo emphasized that the Tennessee Board of Regents has not finished the investigative audit and no final decision have been made.

News 5's Tiana Bohner will live in Blountville for a full report this evening.


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