Aug 15th, 2023
The Tennessee Board of Regents today appointed Dr. Carol A. Rothstein as the seventh president of Jackson State Community College, effective Oct. 1.
Dr. Rothstein has served as vice president of academic affairs and workforce development at Nashville State Community College since January 2021. She previously served more than 10 years at Hagerstown Community College in Maryland and Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in West Virginia. At Hagerstown, she advanced from director of instructional support services, to acting vice president of academic affairs/associate dean of instruction, to dean of instruction. She began her higher education career in 2010 at Blue Ridge as an admissions counselor and advanced to assistant professor and director of one of the college’s branch campuses.
"Thank you to Chancellor Tydings and the Tennessee Board of Regents for this privilege. I am honored to be president of Jackson State Community College. As a first-generation high school and college student, I know first-hand the transformative power of education. Guided by this understanding, I am grateful to be able to lead Jackson State and I look forward to collaborating with faculty, staff, and valued community partners to move the college forward and positively impact the communities we serve," she said.
She earned a Doctor of Education in Leadership: Higher Education Administration at Frostburg State University, a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership, and a Bachelor of Science in Education, both at Liberty University. Her complete resumé is posted on the TBR website at https://www.tbr.edu/hr/executivesearches/president-jackson-state-cc.
Rothstein was one of three finalists for the presidency selected by a Search Advisory Committee composed of representatives of the Board of Regents, the college’s faculty, staff, students and alumni, and civic and business leaders from the Jackson area. TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings recommended her appointment to the board after reviewing feedback from public forums on the campus with all three finalists in July, conducting final interviews, and consulting with the search committee.
Regent Mark George, who chaired the search committee, made the motion to appoint Rothstein, which was seconded by Regent Kyle Spurgeon and approved unanimously by the board. Board Vice Chair Emily J. Reynolds and Regent Nisha Powers also served on the search committee.
Rothstein will succeed Dr. George Pimentel, who retired as president June 30 and now serving as associate vice chancellor for academic initiatives for the TBR system. Dr. Kimberly McCormick, TBR executive vice chancellor for external affairs, is serving as interim president.