Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date November 13, 2007

For More Information: Robert G. Miller (901) 333-4368/ Fax (901) 333-4503
E-mail: rgmiller1@southwest.tn.edu


Accomplished Hospital CEO and High-Ranking Broadcasting Executive Named Members of Both the Board of Advisors and Foundation at Southwest Tennessee Community College

A talented hospital CEO, and prominent broadcasting executive and civic leader, have recently been selected to serve as members of both the Southwest Tennessee Community College Board of Advisors and Foundation. They are Anita Vaughn, administrator and CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women; and Shea Flinn, III, general counsel of Flinn Broadcasting, and Councilman-elect for the Memphis City Council.

The main role of the Board of Advisors is to provide advice, guidance, support and advocacy to position Southwest within Memphis, Shelby and Fayette counties for enhanced image, excellence, growth and development. The Board of Advisors includes the Southwest Foundation Board of Trustees and the two boards, while being separate entities, have the same officers. Members of the Board of Advisors are appointed by the president of the college. One of the Southwest Foundation’s foremost responsibilities is to provide adequate resources for the college to help raise private funds for capital needs, scholarships, and other initiatives Southwest may need to fulfill its mission.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is the comprehensive, multicultural, public, open-access college whose mission is to anticipate and respond to the educational needs of students, employers and communities in Shelby and Fayette counties, and the surrounding Mid-South region. Through its multiple locations, Southwest provides citizens with an effective teaching and learning environment designed to raise educational levels, enhance economic development and enrich personal lives. Southwest is the largest community college in the state and is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.

“As CEO of a hospital within one of the largest health care employers in the Mid-South, I will bring to the Board future issues of clinical and educational needs for health care employers of all levels. I hope to help increase partnerships with the college and various corporations and community groups in our city,” said Vaughn. “In my role as a board member, I plan to continue to increase community awareness of the Southwest story and its successes. In addition, I would like to help fundraise for the college program through my professional network. I believe it is also important to make available opportunities for students to have hands-on practice and mentoring time within their field of choice.” Vaughn also stated, “It is my aim to see the graduates of Southwest Tennessee Community College become the most sought after candidates for employment in this area.”

Shea Flinn, III looks forward to “working with the other board members and the faculty of Southwest Tennessee Community College to continue to provide quality training and education to our citizens.” He adds, “The world is changing and it is imperative now that every community be able to provide educational options that will allow people to prepare for the job market of tomorrow. Southwest Tennessee Community College has been committed to this mission for years, and I am honored to do my part in seeing the college continue to achieve and grow. It is a privilege to serve on this board and become a part of the Southwest Tennessee Community College family.

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