Dr. Jerry Faulkner Welcomed as New Vol State President

Submitted on May 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Dr. Jerry Faulkner was welcomed Monday by faculty, staff and students at Volunteer State Community College. A welcoming breakfast reception was held in the Great Hall of the Hal R. Ramer building on the college main campus in Gallatin.

"The event this morning was wonderful," said Faulkner. "It was such a warm and welcoming time. Thanks to everyone that came out to greet Wanda and I. We look forward to working with everyone as we move the college forward."

The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) approved Faulkner as president in March and he began the position on May 15. He is the third president in the history of the 40 year-old college.

Faulkner was selected after an extensive search that began last December. He has served as the vice president for Academic Affairs at Cleveland State Community College since 2008. Before that, Faulkner was a faculty member, then Department Head for Life Sciences and later Teacher Education Coordinator at Chattanooga State Community College. He also held a two-year term as associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Tennessee Temple University.

Faulkner replaces Dr. Warren Nichols as president of Vol State. Nichols now holds the title of Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges for TBR. The TBR is the nation's sixth largest higher education system, governing 46 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 27 technology centers, providing programs in 90 of Tennessee's 95 counties to more than 200,000 students.

Pictured: Wanda and Jerry Faulkner.

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