Two Northeast presidential finalists on campus this week

Rick Wagner • Oct 16, 2018 at 9:30 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Two people, one of whom likely will become the new president of Northeast State Community College (or NSCC), will appear at separate public forums here later this week. 

Bethany Flora, associate director of the Center for Community College Leadership at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, and Joel Welch, vice president of  Instructional Services for Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C., are the finalists announced Oct. 10 by the Tennessee Board of Regents. 

Public forums with the two, chosen by a Search Advisory Committee that met in private except for its first meeting, are set for Flora from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, and for Welch from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Thursday, Oct. 18. Each candidate will spend time on NSCC’s main campus in Blountville in meetings and participate in the open forums with faculty, staff, students and the public. Additional meetings will take place at other campus locations.

The finalists’ resumes are available for review on the Presidential/Executive Searches section of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) website at https://www.tbr.edu/hr/executivesearches/president-northeast-state-community-college. The forums will be live-streamed on the TBR website. The names of other applicants are not made public.

The next president will succeed Janice Gilliam, Ph.D., who retired as president in the summer of 2017. Gilliam left after a vote of no confidence by both the Faculty Senate and then full faculty as well as a TBR probe of NSCC’s operations under her leadership. TBR Executive Vice Chancellor James King is serving as interim president. 


The goal is to have a new president in place by Jan. 1. The two public meetings are on schedule with the timeline given at the August advisory committee meeting.

After the campus visits, TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings will gather feedback from the forums and meetings with each finalist to select one candidate for nomination to the full Board of Regents, which will appoint the next president. The TBR approved the NSCC search criteria at its March 29 quarterly meeting and then appointed the advisory committee.  


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