President, Jackson State Community College

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Jackson State Community College


The Tennessee Board of Regents invites applications and nominations for the position of President of Jackson State Community College.  Jackson State is one of Tennessee’s 13 community colleges in the Community College System of Tennessee, governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The President is the chief executive officer of the College and reports to the Tennessee Board of Regents through the Chancellor. 


Jackson State Community College (JSCC) is a comprehensive, two-year postsecondary institution located in Jackson, Tennessee.  As an Achieving the Dream college committed to student success, JSCC meets the educational needs of the people it serves in 14 counties in West Tennessee, enrolling over 4,800 credit students and over 500 non-credit students. The college employs approximately 240 full-time employees, including over 90 full-time faculty members, and operates on a budget of $45 million.


JSCC awards Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Science in Teaching (AST), Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, as well as technical and institutional certificates. JSCC provides roughly 25 academic programs of study.  Currently, 28% of JSCC students are underrepresented minorities, 42% percent of all students are enrolled in career preparation programs, and 58% are in programs intended for transfer.  About 48% of JSCC students are enrolled full-time, and students aged 25 or older represent 23% of the population.  During fall semester 2018, 28% of the students were dual enrollment students.


In addition to the main campus located in Jackson, JSCC delivers programming at campuses in Humboldt, Lexington, Savannah, and selected teaching sites throughout the college’s area of responsibility.


Additional information can be found at the college’s website:


Jackson State is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges and Schools of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It has been recognized as an innovative and entrepreneurial College and is looking for a President to continue to move the College forward as a leader in higher education reform nationwide.


Preferred criteria for selection include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Qualifications and experience
  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution (preferred).
  • A distinguished record of teaching and experience in public higher education (preferred);
  • A minimum of five years successful campus administrative experience at a level with significant decision-making responsibilities affecting an entire campus or as head of a major academic or administrative unit in an academic environment (preferred);
  • A distinguished record of extensive senior level administrative experience in a complex business, industry, or government enterprise


Expected criteria for selection include:

  • A demonstrated commitment to serving students, faculty and staff
  • An understanding of and commitment to the principles of academic freedom, tenure, and shared governance;
  • A commitment to attracting traditional and non-traditional students into transfer programs as well as workforce programs (AAS/certificates/diplomas) and promoting approaches to enhance their opportunities for success;
  • An understanding of and commitment to enhancing student success through focused efforts on retention, persistence and completion;
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion as core values that enhance the educational process;
  • A demonstrated commitment to affirmative action, and equal opportunity;
  • A demonstrated strength in human relations, communications, planning, financial management, budgeting, and organizational skills to lead and inspire internal and external constituencies of the College;
  • Demonstrated ability of being able to lead an institution that is comprised of diverse campuses that meet specific needs in the communities served, recognizing the educational requirements in each community and aligning resources and support to achieve those needs;
  • A demonstrated background with and understanding of and commitment to private fundraising;
  • An understanding of regional workforce education and training needs and how to strategically position Jackson State in a highly competitive post-secondary education marketplace;
  • An understanding of and commitment to the role of Jackson State as a part of a higher education system;
  • An understanding of the needs and concerns of the public and private constituencies of the College, as well as of the College community, including students, faculty and staff, alumni, and other College supporters;


The Tennessee Board of Regents is committed to building and sustaining an inclusive and diverse educational environment and encourages applications from interested candidates who can contribute to, promote, and enhance this effort. 


The State University and Community College System of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Under state law, applicants may request that their application and related materials be confidential and not open for public inspection until such time the candidate is selected as a finalist for the position. The Tennessee Open Meetings Act requires meetings of the Board of Regents to be open to the public.


Initial screening of applicants will begin January 21, 2020, and it is anticipated that the President will be selected prior to July 1, 2020.


Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Betty Turner Asher, Partner

Alex Matthews, Senior Executive Search Consultant

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206

Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Phone: 850-650-2277/ Fax: 850-650-2272