Board & Leadership The Tennessee Board of Regents governs the College System of Tennessee. As the responsible agency for the System, the Board establishes, governs and manages systemwide policy and guidelines. It meets quarterly and may call additional committee meetings as needed. The Board consists of 19 members: 12 lay citizens with one from each of the state’s nine congressional districts and three grand divisions; two faculty members and one student—all appointed by the governor. Four ex-officio members complete the Board’s makeup. Current Board members include: Emily J. Reynolds, Vice Chair, 5th Congressional District Miles A. Burdine, 1st Congressional District Danni B. Varlan, 2nd Congressional District Weston Wamp, 3rd Congressional District Yolanda S. Greene, 4th Congressional District MaryLou Apple, 6th Congressional District Joey Hatch, 7th Congressional District Barbara U. Prescott, 8th Congressional District Greg Duckett, 9th Congressional District, Thomas A. H. White, At-Large East Mark Gill, At-Large Middle Leigh A. Shockey, At-Large West, Drexel Chemical Company Kenneth Goldsmith, Faculty Regent Robert Pepper, Faculty Regent Emily A. Dollar, Student Regent Ex-officio members are: Bill Lee, Governor of the State of Tennessee Penny Schwinn, Commissioner of Education Charles Hatcher, Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Krause, Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission The Chancellor The chancellor is the chief executive of the System and acts on behalf of the Board. The chancellor and System staff ensure implementation of board policies and directives, initiate and conduct studies, serve as a liaison between the colleges and other state offices, provide centralized services and provide overall System leadership management. College Presidents Each college within the System is led by a president who, with his or her senior staff, is responsible for the organization and administration of the college and its campus priorities. College presidents work directly with leaders within their communities to determine workforce needs and develop educational programs that deliver the required skillsets.