Northeast State announces organizational restructuring

Rick Wagner • Apr 5, 2019 at 8:26 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Northeast State Community College is reorganizing, a move its president said will put a better focus on student success and institutional excellence.

Northeast State President Bethany Flora this week announced the new organizational structure for the Blountville-based college, which also has locations in the Academic Village in downtown Kingsport and Johnson City. The change will create two new divisions to join two existing ones.

Flora said the restructuring will foster collaborations between academic and student services and help support senior staff in the management of finances and resources.

“This structure will advance a more strategic focus on student success, streamline functions and encourage partnerships,” Flora, Ph.D. said in a late Wednesday news release. “We are embarking on a new season together to remove barriers to student success.”

The college will have four major divisions: the already existing Academic Affairs and the Workforce and Economic Development.These will be joined by the new Institutional Excellence and Student Success; and Finance and Administration. The new structure will be in place by May 1, Flora said. After becoming president of Northeast Jan. 2, taking over from interim President James King, Flora emphasized in a January newspaper interview the “three buckets” of focusing on student success, excellence in programs and services and continuing the college’s improved organizational and financial health.


Flora said Susan Graybeal, Ph.D., has been appointed as vice president for Institutional Excellence and Student Success. Graybeal is the Institutional Effectiveness officer for the college.

Flora said the new division is charged with working together to lead the college in its institutional excellence efforts with a focus on student success that is driven by data and innovation and creativity through teaching and learning. The division will replace the Student Affairs component of the college.

Within this division, Jane Honeycutt, Ph.D., has been appointed as the assistant vice president for Teaching Excellence and Academic Services, and Greg Walters has been appointed as the assistant vice president for Student Success. Honeycutt is a professor of English and Gender Studies and serves as the Honors Program coordinator. Walters is currently dean of Student Development.

Also, Josh Crowder will work across the division as the project manager for Institutional Excellence, leading all units with their research, planning and analytic needs. He is currently director of Computing Technologies for Research, Analytics and Planning.


Flora said a search for the new vice president for Finance and Administration would launch this week to fill the position in June. Fred Lewis, longtime vice president of Administrative Services, will retire June 1, and the new vice president will assume Lewis’ responsibilities as well as manage the units of grants, finance, and human resources.


Flora said Connie Marshall would continue her duties as interim vice president for Academic Affairs, as will Dr. Sam Rowell, who heads Workforce and Economic Development.

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