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May TICUA eNews: Graduation Season, Executive Leadership Institute, Events & More!

Thursday, May 2, 2019  
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TICUA Institutions Help Students Achieve

Their Goals

As the Tennessee Legislature wraps up business for the year, a large focus has been on increasing access to vocational training. But higher education is not a zero-sum game.

TICUA President, Claude Pressnell, penned an editorial in the Tennessean about the role Tennessee's private and independent colleges and universities in our state— and highlighting Governor Lee’s budget investment in the TSAA. He writes:

“Tennessee needs well-trained teachers, entrepreneurs and nurses— just like we need technicians and welders. We need students to graduate with the essential skills required by all jobs— critical thinking, effective communication, problem solving and the ability to collaborate— and ready to lead our economy into the next 50 years of innovation, job creation and production.

“Our goal should be to equip and inspire students to reach the highest level of education they can. Let’s give them a firm foundation, not a ceiling.

“By ensuring we have robust and quality higher-education options, Tennessee can truly deliver on the promise to help every student achieve their goals.”

Read the full op-ed online.


TICUA CFO-HR Retreat Recap

Diane Berty, Vice President

TICUA held its annual CFO-HR Retreat at Meharry Medical College on April 29 & 30 with staff from the following member institutions attending:

  • Bryan College
  • Cumberland University
  • Fisk College
  • King University
  • Lee University
  • Martin Methodist College
  • Maryville College
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Southern Adventist University
  • Vanderbilt University

The first day of the Retreat began with a panel discussion facilitated by TICUA president, Dr. Claude Pressnell, addressing the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime time rule which would increase the threshold for overtime pay from $455 to $679 per week ($35,308 annually). Members of the panel were Gregory Proseus of theU.S. SenateHELP Committee and Jeb Gerth, partner & ex officio member of the TICUA Board of Directors with Waller Law. Additionally, participants were provided with a higher education legal update by Waller attorneys; a review of programs offered by the Coalition for College Cost Savings which is designed to leverage the collective buying power of private colleges to reduce operating costs, improve the efficiency of internal procedures and ultimately lower the cost of delivering education; an update on the new accounting standards provided by partners from Brown Edwards accounting firm; and, an overview of strategies institutions may use to enhance their brand through innovative marketing provided by Crisp Communications.

Day two’s sessions were led by TICUA member institution administrators, including: Rick Taphorn, VP of Finance & Enrollment, Bryan College; Dr. C.J. Vires, Provost & VP for Academics, Freed-Hardeman University; Dr. Catherine Terry, Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness & Carol Lusk, Director of Academic Finance, Lipscomb University; Tom Verrill, Senior VP for Financial Administration, Southern Adventist University; and, Anita Jenious, JD, Director of Equal Employment Opportunity Office, Vanderbilt University.

TICUA wishes to thank and express its appreciation to the host of the CFO-HR Retreat, Meharry Medical College, and most especially, LaMel Bandy-Neal, Senior VP & CFO, for their gracious hospitality!




Register for CHASCo 2019 Partners in Prevention Conference!

Kayce Matthews, Director of CHASCo

Don’t forget to register for the 2019 Partners in Prevention Conference. This year’s theme isBeen There; Done That: New Approaches to Old Problems.



The event will be held at Trevecca Nazarene University on May 22 & 23, 2019.

CHASCo members will need to use the promotional code: CHASCOFREE to register.Visit the PIP website for more information and to register.




TICUA Executive Leadership Institute Update

Diane Berty, Vice President

The TICUA Executive Leadership Institute(ELI) met at the Southern College of Optometry (SCO) April 16 & 17 with Dr. Lewis Reich, president of SCO, serving as Residence Dean and Dr. Betty Sue McGarvey, President of Baptist College of Health Sciences (BCHS), Darryl McGee, Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Budget Officer of Lane College (Lane), and Dr. Brian Carrier, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students of Union University.

As Residential Dean, Dr. Reich shared his “presidential story.” He began, as so many of the Dean’s have, by stating "becoming president was not something I intentionally sought -- 10 years ago I didn’t know I’d be here – but, I’m SO glad I am because I LOVE my job!" Dr. Reich, in sharing his story, highlighted how each aspect of his higher education journey, as both a student and professional, prepared him for the presidency of SCO. He ended by advising the Fellows to"remember the passion that brought you to a career in higher education…the tremendous pride that accompanies the success of our students…as their success is why we do this."

The content session began with Dr. Betty Sue McGarvey, BCHS, sharing information about her institution and her philosophy regarding student affairs. She emphasized, that from a presidential perspective, when looking through the student affairs lens,"we all must understand our students’ stories."Dr. McGarvey finished her remarks by once again reminding the fellows, that as educators, they have the responsibility to listen to students’ stories with caring hearts, understanding that their response to those stories can dramatically affect the lives of the students their institution serves.

Darryl McGee, Lane, and Dr. Bryan Carrier, Union, provided the Fellows with an overview of their respective institutions and then addressed the history of student affairs as well as theories guiding student affairs practice. McGee and Carrier also provided Fellows the opportunity to “live the life” of a student affairs professional by having them work through a case study. In summary, McGee emphasized that his role as a student affairs professional"is not what I do but who I am—I want to BE the difference that MAKES the difference in the lives of the students I serve." He went on to say that in his current role he has the privilege of living Lane’s mission which is to develop the “whole student.” And Carrier, who began his student affairs career in residence life, shared the motto adopted then that still guides his practice at Union,"interruptions are our ministry…that’s why we’re here…it’s what we do." He went on to explain that the"practice of student affairs provides the opportunity to impact students in meaningful ways that can’t be scheduled…it’s responding to a student’s crisis at 2:00am, it’s working with a faculty member who is striving to help a student succeed in their class, it’s talking with a student about their walk with Christ, it’s providing services and programs that support the academic mission of the institution so every student has the opportunity to succeed."

In May, fellows will visit Watkins College of Art & Design with President J. Kline serving as Residential Dean. In addition, the following TICUA member presidents will join Dr. Kline, as content faculty for the “Transitioning to the Presidency” session: Dr. Kevin Rome (Fisk), and Dr. Dan Boone (Trevecca). Also serving will be Dr. Alisa White, President of Austin Peay State University and Lee University alumnus. Dr. John Smarrelli, President of Christian Brothers University and TICUA Board Chair, Dr. Dan Boone, President of Trevecca Nazarene University, and Dr. Claude Pressnell, President of TICUA, will host the 2019 ELI graduation at Trevecca.

TICUA is asking that member presidents submit their 2019-20 ELI Pressnell Fellow’s selection form by Friday, May 3rd. To learn more about ELI, please contact Dr. Diane Berty at or 615-242-5400 x203.



May 5 & 6

TICUA IT Retreat

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May 14

TICUA Executive Leadership Institute Graduation

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May 15

TICUA Executive Leadership Institute Session - 9 Transitions


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