Friday, March 30, 2012

Dr. Faulkner Visits His New Campus

Dr. Jerry Faulkner, currently vice president of Academic Affairs at Cleveland State Community College, has been named president of Vol State. He's made a couple of visits to campus since the announcement. He attended the Student Government Association President's Cabinet forum, at the request of SGA President Chanel Alford. He also appeared recently at the annual Alumni Breakfast, joined by his wife Wanda.
 
We asked Dr. Faulkner about his first priorities when he officially starts his new position on May 15.
 
"The big thing is that I have to get here and have feet on the ground," he said. "I want to meet people and see what's going on here. At first, there will be a lot of talking and listening and asking questions."
 
In the meantime, he and Wanda are house hunting and exploring the community.

TBR made the announcement of the recommendation and the board approved the recommendation on March 21.The TBR news release has more about Dr. Faulkner's background:

"As the chief academic officer for Cleveland State since 2008, he has provided leadership for the school’s academic-related programs and initiated several processes and programs to improve student learning and success. In addition to obtaining a $2 million Title III grant for the college, he piloted an allied health consortium with two other colleges in the state and set up a dual admission agreement to allow students to seamlessly transfer to a university. He has also spearheaded accreditation processes for academic units and assisted with college-wide successful reaccreditation efforts."

"Prior to 2008, Faulkner worked his way up through the academic ranks at Chattanooga State Community College, where he began teaching biology in 1994. In 2002 he was selected Department Head for Life Sciences and then Teacher Education Coordinator. He also taught and served two years as associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Tennessee Temple University before joining Chattanooga State."

"Faulkner earned his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in botany/ecology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and his bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Temple. He has also completed the Future Leaders Institute/Advanced from the American Association of Community Colleges."

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