Montague Confirmed as Next President of Vol State

Dr. Orinthia T. Montague president of Volunteer State Community College

The Tennessee Board of Regents confirmed Dr. Orinthia T. Montague as the next president of Volunteer State Community College during a special called board meeting Tuesday. Dr. Montague was recommended to the Board by Chancellor Flora Tydings and a committee, after a nationwide search.

“I am humbled and  honored to be confirmed by the Tennessee Board of Regents as the fourth president of Volunteer State Community College,” Montague said. “As the College celebrates its fiftieth anniversary I am excited to join the community. I look forward to continuing to build upon the great work already in place at Vol State as we look towards our next fifty years.” 

Montague has been president of Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York, since 2017. The public community college, which also has extension sites in Cortland and Ithaca, NY, is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) System. She will officially start her position at Vol State on September 1.

Vol State fall classes begin on August 23 with in-person classes being held on all four campuses: Gallatin, Springfield, Cookeville, and Livingston. The college also offers a full range of online courses. To apply visit