Community weighs in on search for JSCC president

JACKSON, Tenn. — The search is on for a new president at Jackson State Community College. A public forum Thursday gave people from campus and the community an opportunity to share what they want from the new leader.

jscc“We do want to know what our community is thinking, what they perceive would be important in our next leader,” Dean and Program Director of Nursing Dr. Leslie West Sands said.

West Sands serves on the presidential search committee. “It’s one of the most important decisions I think we could be making for our future here at Jackson State,” she said.

Associate English Professor Dr. Liz Mayo said she wants a leader who supports faculty, staff and students. “Open to new programs, new ideas, someone who’s innovative,” she said.

The Tennessee Board of Regents said search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc. will help narrow down candidates from across the country.

Jackson State said the finalists will come to campus to visit and get a feel for the community.

The school said Chancellor David Gregory will select a final candidate. The Board of Regents must approve his choice. “We welcome your input,” West Sands said. “This is a very important decision for us.”

Jackson State said it hopes to have a new president by the end of the year.

Jackson State’s fourth president, Dr. Bruce Blanding, previously announced plans to retire in January 2017 after leading the college since 2004.

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