Governance Structure
 

Governance

Governance

President’s Cabinet

Southwest Tennessee Community College is dedicated to shared governance to reach a common goal: student success. The purpose of the President's Cabinet is to share information with College leadership to ensure all are aware of changes and actions taken at the college. This includes policy changes and updates. Once policies have been vetted in either the Student Success Council or the Institutional Affairs Council, The President's Cabinet reviews and votes on the items. The President’s Cabinet is comprised senior staff and the presidents of the College’s 7 governance councils that represent every sector of the College and inform Southwest’s data-driven and stakeholder-informed decision making.

President’s Cabinet Voting Protocol

 

Governance Councils

Bill Summons – President
Shilpa Desai – Senate Executive Committee

Faculty Senate is an elected, representative body of the entire Southwest faculty. Its mission is to support the interest of faculty, encourage professional development, and provide a means of communicating common concerns. Faculty Senate oversees curriculum standards and instructional programs. The membership meets regularly during the fall and spring semesters. Southwest administrators do not attend meetings.

Terika Anderson – Co-chair
Kelia Searcy – Co-chair

Institutional Affairs Council (IAC) addresses and makes recommendations concerning the College climate and such issues as:

  • Business process efficiencies
  • Technology needs
  • Employee appreciation and recognition
  • Employee morale and engagement
  • Equity and inclusion 

The IAC researches college culture trends and industry standards to strengthen Southwest’s commitment to being the employer of choice for growth and fulfillment.

Katrina Muldrow – President

The Mission of PASO is to provide opportunities for training in the areas of supervision, budget preparation, skill improvement, and professional development that stimulates success and continuous growth. PASO’s vision is to promote the exchange of information for collaboration between each divisional management team in order to fulfill the mission and vision of the college; provide the opportunity for clear communication between departments which will better promote and ensure student success; build a more efficient and effective institution by assessing institutional effectiveness and best practices in order to ensure continuous improvement; promote a campus culture that promotes diversity, learning, and student success; establish healthy, and productive working relationships amongst professional administrators across campus; and provide a forum for professional staff’s concerns and input.

Sherry Greene – Co-Chair
Selena Grimes – Co-Chair

The mission of the Planning and Budget Council makes recommendations aimed at ensuring the College's financial resources align with its mission, strategic imperatives and activities that move the needle on student success.

Eric Perry – Co-chair
Lesa Halfacre – Co-chair

The Mission of SASO is to provide opportunities for training in the areas of supervision, budget preparation, skill improvement, and professional development that stimulates success and continuous growth. SASO’s vision is to promote the exchange of information for collaboration between each divisional management team in order to fulfill the mission and vision of the college; provide the opportunity for clear communication between departments which will better promote and ensure student success; build a more efficient and effective institution by assessing institutional effectiveness and best practices in order to ensure continuous improvement; promote a campus culture that promotes diversity, learning, and student success; establish healthy, and productive working relationships amongst support staff across campus; and provide a forum for support staff’s concerns and input.

Each year two student representatives are selected to sit on the President’s Cabinet. Our student representatives are suggested by the Student Development department. The representatives are tasked with sharing the information they receive at meetings with as many of their fellow students as possible. They will also bring to meetings students’ concerns, comments and suggestions.

Sindy Abadie – Co-Chair
Cory Major – Co-Chair

Student Success Council (SSC) ensures that the College processes, policies, and procedures align with Southwest’s primary strategic imperative: student success. The Council seeks to strengthen institutional capacity and improve service to students through review of the College’s strategic plan and recommendations for continuous improvement. This council also reviews academic affairs and student affairs policy changes. SSC sub-councils are Data and Technology, Equity and Inclusion, and Teaching and Learning.