At the quarterly TBR meeting on December 5 in Nashville, Chancellor John Morgan recommended Dr. William Seymours appointment to become the next president of Cleveland State Community College. The board votedunanimously to accept the chancellors recommendation.
Beginning January 2, 2014, Dr. Seymour will assume the office and responsibilities of president at Cleveland State. He will succeed Dr. Carl Hite who has been president at CSCC for the past 17 years. Dr. Seymour currently serves as vice president for Institutional Advancement at Jackson State Community College in Jackson, Tennessee.
During his time at Jackson State, Seymour designed and implemented the colleges new divisions of Student Services and Institutional Advancement as well as a new admissions recruitment program that resulted in the first increase in new student recruitment in three years. He also designed the colleges first comprehensive annual giving campaign and developed Jackson States first major complete college initiative.
Before joining Jackson State, Seymour was president of Lambuth University in Jackson for two years until the university ceased operations in 2011. He was a vice president for administrative services and dean of students during his time at Maryville (Tenn.) College from 1995 until being named president of Lambuth in 2009.
Prior to 1995, Seymour held administrative roles at Wesley College in Delaware, Austin College in Texas, and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2004.
A member of several national higher education professional organizations, Seymour has also authored numerous publications and presentations. He holds a bachelors degree from the State University of New York College at Oswego, a masters of education degree in counseling and personnel services from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. in higher and adult education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He also attended the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.