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DATE: June 13, 2001

CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan, 901/333-4247

Dr. Nathan Essex Named President of Southwest Tennessee Community College

Dr. Nathan Essex, interim president of Southwest Tennessee Community College, was named permanent president Thursday, June 7, by a unanimous vote of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). That vote came after Chancellor Charles Manning of the TBR recommended Dr. Essex when the other three candidates for the position withdrew.

Dr. Essex was one of four finalists chosen from 29 applicants. On leave from his position as dean of the college of education at The University of Memphis, he was leader of the transition process following the consolidation of State Technical Institute at Memphis and Shelby State Community College that formed Southwest Tennessee Community College. The consolidation was effective July 1, 2000.

STCC has more than 12,000 students, which makes it the largest community college in the TBR system. The College offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, Associate of Applied Science degrees for immediate career entry into technical, business, service, education and allied health fields, and Technical and Academic certificates to prepare individuals for entry-level positions in the marketplace.

Dr. Essex received a B.S. degree in English at Alabama A&M University, a M.S. degree in Educational Administration at Jacksonville State University and a Ph.D. degree in Administration and Planning at The University of Alabama. He held public school teaching and administrative positions as well as corporate management positions prior to completing his doctorate. Since earning the doctorate, Dr. Essex has served as Associate Director of the Bureau of Educational Service and Research, Program Chair of the Administration and Planning Program, and Area Head of Educational Leadership at The University of Alabama. He also served as a policy consultant for the Alabama State Department of education and provided consultation for more than 100 school districts and post secondary institutions.

This distinguished educator has received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions in the field of education. Some of them include: Truman M. Pierce Award for Educational Leadership and Outstanding Contributions which advanced the direction of education in the state of Alabama, the Academic Excellence Award in recognition of professional achievement and academic excellence, Capstone College of Education Society, The University of Alabama; Teaching Excellence Award, Who's Who in the State of Tennessee, President Bush's Community Service Award, 1991, and The University of Memphis Distinguished Administrator of the Year 1995-96.

Dr. Essex has published numerous articles and newsletters on personnel, leadership and legal issues. His works appear regularly in such noted professional journals as The Administrator's Notebook, The Community College Review, The Clearinghouse, and The American School Board Journal. His latest work, a law textbook entitled School Law and the Public Schools: A Practical Guide for Educational Leaders, was recently published by Allyn and Bacon. He is in great demand by educators at all levels to share his expertise regarding legal issues that impact educational organizations.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.