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Center for Community College Leadership

Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education

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Dr. Richard Rhoda

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Richard Rhoda is the Director of the Center for Community College Leadership and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Rhoda began his career with the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) as a member of the research staff in 1973.  He has served as interim president at Austin Peay State University and Nashville State Community College, vice chancellor and acting chancellor of TBR, held several roles with Tennessee State University, and served on the faculty at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Rhoda received his bachelor’s degree in history from Vanderbilt University, his master’s degree in education from George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt, and his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Vanderbilt. Rhoda served on the boards of the University of Tennessee, TBR, State Board of Education, TSAC, Board of Trustees of the Baccalaureate Education System Trust and Tennessee Foreign Language Institute. His civic activities include serving as chairman of the board for the Center for Nonprofit Management, chairman of the board of the Elephant Sanctuary of Tennessee, as a member of the Downtown Nashville Rotary Club and Leadership Nashville Alumni Association. Rhoda and his wife, Nancy, live in Nashville and have two grown children, Meredith and Nicholas. Dr. Rhoda is one of the longest serving state higher education executives in the country.

Dr. Bethany Flora

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Bethany Flora is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in the Clemmer College of Education at East Tennessee State University where she also serves as the Associate Director for the Center for Community College Leadership. Prior to her faculty appointment, she served as Assistant Provost at Virginia Tech, overseeing searches and periodic reviews for deans and academic vice presidents, crisis recovery and response efforts, faculty development and advancement, and other academic initiatives. Prior to 2007, Flora worked as the Director of Graduate Recruitment and Retention at Radford University and served as Radford University’s Site Director at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. She began her higher education career working for Northeast State Community College’s Workforce Investment Act Grant in Sullivan East High School. Before entering higher education administration, Flora worked in a Fortune 500 manufacturing company for four years as a production control specialist responsible for inventory control and production scheduling on all manufacturing lines. Flora holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech, M.A. in Organizational Management from Tusculum College, and B.A. in Business Administration from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

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