North Carolina community college administrator Janice Gilliam was confirmed as the new president of Northeast State Community College recently.
The Tennessee Board of Regents, acting on the recommendation that TBR Chancellor Charles Manning announced last week, unanimously voted in a 10-minute telephone meeting to name Gilliam to the presidency of the Blountville-based school.
Gilliam, vice president of Student Development Services for Haywood Community College and a native of White Rock, N.C., near Asheville, is to start to work Aug. 1 at a salary of $152,000 a year plus the "standard" presidential allowances and Tennessee benefits, Manning told the TBR.
has more than 18 years in vocational education and more than nine years in education leadership.
established a great tradition of excellence," Gilliam
said on the conference call after the vote.
family have enjoyed vacationing in Tennessee
, and she
husband look forward to becoming Tennessee residents.
husband, Austin, will find temporary housing before Aug. 1 and eventually plan to settle in the Kingsport/Blountville area, said Gilliam
"It (becoming Northeast State president) is a dream come true to me," Gilliam
In an interview after the meeting, Gilliam
wants to focus on customer service for students and be sure students have easy access to information and services.
also recalled how a developmental focus on math emerged at Haywood from the faculty, who after the problem was identified saw the situation firsthand and designed the program.
"That buy-in is what you get from the collaborative work," she
Gilliam has an associate degree in vocational education from Isothermal Community College in Spindale, N.C., a bachelor's degree in occupational education from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, a master's of industrial education from Western Carolina, and an educational doctorate from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Regent Paul Montgomery of Kingsport
, who along with Regent Judy Gooch served on a presidential search advisory committee, made the motion to accept Manning's recommendation.
"I look forward to working with you in Northeast Tennessee," said Montgomery, who joined Manning on a trip to visit Gilliam
and talk with students, faculty, administrators and alumni at Haywood in Clyde, N.C.
visit to the Tri-Cities, Gilliam
was impressed by the Higher Education Center to open this fall in downtown Kingsport.
It is to offer classes from Northeast State
that are transferrable to programs online at the center from the University of Tennessee
and on site at the center from King College
, Lincoln Memorial University
and Carson-Newman College
"Accessibility is the key," Gilliam
said, recalling that she
license in cosmetology and then got her
license to teach it and subsequent degrees while working full time.