Tennessee Board of Regents
The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) is one of the two systems of public higher education in Tennessee. The TBR was authorized by an act of the Tennessee General Assembly passed in 1972. The TBR is the sixth-largest system of public higher education in the United States, supervising all public higher education institutions in the state that are not governed by the University of Tennessee system, including comprehensive four-year universities, all of the state's community colleges, and all of the Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs), therefore dealing with over 200,000 students annually. More than 80% of all Tennessee students attending Tennessee public institutions are enrolled at a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, which is in 90 of Tennessee's 95 counties.
Originally founded as the State University and Community College System of Tennessee, the TBR currently comprises 47 institutions: six universities: Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Memphis, Tennessee Technological University, East Tennessee State University, Austin Peay State University, and Tennessee State University; 13 community colleges; and 28 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, which are listed below. The Colleges of Applied Technology were added to TBR control in 1982. Unlike the situation in most states, TBR component institutions do not have their own board of directors, board of trustees, or similar bodies at the campus level; the TBR hires institution presidents and directors and approves the promotions of senior faculty and staff.
The University of Memphis is the flagship university of the TBR system.
The professional head of the TBR system is referred to as its Chancellor. The chancellor is responsible for guiding the TBR system in accordance with the board's direction and for managing the TBR central office in a manner consistent with the central office's mission and vision. Operational responsibilities and processes include day-to-day management of the system and the central office; board coordination, communication and logistics; presidential searches; and dealing with the media and the general public, including handling complaints and general information requests.
The leaders of TBR universities and community colleges are referred to as Presidents, while the TCATs are led by Directors.
The Board of Regents is supported by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, which serves to coordinate the activities and goals of both the TBR and the University of Tennessee system (UT System). THEC provides the funding formula for institutions.
- Austin Peay State University
- East Tennessee State University
- University of Memphis
- Middle Tennessee State University
- Tennessee State University
- Tennessee Technological University
- Chattanooga State Community College
- Cleveland State Community College
- Columbia State Community College
- Dyersburg State Community College
- Jackson State Community College
- Motlow State Community College
- Nashville State Community College
- Northeast State Community College
- Pellissippi State Community College
- Roane State Community College
- Southwest Tennessee Community College
- Volunteer State Community College
- Walters State Community College
Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs)
- John Morgan
- Dr. C. C. Humphreys, 1972-1975
- Dr. Roy S. Nicks, 1975-1985
- Mr. Thomas J. Garland, 1986-1990
- Dr. Otis L. Floyd, Jr., 1990-1993
- Dr. Charles E. Smith, 1994-2000
- Dr. Charles Manning, 2000-2010
Composition of the Board of Regents
The Tennessee Board of Regents system is governed by 18 board members. The board meets four times each year at regularly scheduled meetings, and the chairman may call additional meetings during the year as needed. The 18 members of the board consist of: 12 lay citizens appointed for six-year terms by the governor, with one each from the state's nine congressional districts and three grand divisions; one faculty member from among the system institutions appointed by the governor for a one-year term; one student from among the system institutions appointed by the governor for a one-year term ; and four ex officio members—the Governor of Tennessee, the Commissioner of Education, the Commissioner of Agriculture, and the Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, who is a non-voting member.
- The Honorable Bill Haslam, Governor (Ex Officio)
- VACANT, 7th Congressional District
- Gregory Duckett, Vice-Chair, 9th Congressional District, 2006-2012
- Nicholas Russell, Student Regent, 2015-2016
- Deanna Wallace, Faculty Regent, 2013-2014
- John Farris, At-Large West Tennessee, 2008-2014
- Tom Griscom, 3rd Congressional District, 2010-2011
- The Honorable Julius Johnson, Commissioner of Agriculture (Ex Officio)
- Jonas Kisber, 8th Congressional District, 2008-2014
- Fran Marcum, 4th Congressional District, 2010-2016
- Paul W. Montgomery, 1st Congressional District, 2007-2013
- John S. "Steve" Copeland, DVM, 6th Congressional District, 2009 - 2012
- Richard Rhoda, Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission (Ex Officio)
- Howard Roddy, At-Large, East Tennessee, 2010-2016
- Emily J. Reynolds, At-Large, Middle Tennessee, 2010-2012
- Robert P. Thomas, 5th Congressional District, 2009-2015
- Danni B. Varlan, 2nd Congressional District, 2010-2013
- Official website
- About the TBR
- Salary database of faculty and staff at Tennessee Board of Regents institutions
- Tennessee Higher Education Commission