The administration of Tennessee Wesleyan College is divided into five main sections: academics, administration, enrollment services, institutional research and effectiveness and student life, with a vice president responsible for each specific area of activity. All serve as members of the Senior Staff.
Dr. Harley Knowles
As president, working in close cooperation with the Senior Staff, Dr. Knowles provides leadership and administrative services to all areas of campus life. Advancing the image of the college through community involvement and fundraising activities, the president is the principal spokesperson to the Board of Trustees and works closely with the chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee to manage the college and fulfill its mission. The president also holds responsibility for issues of accreditation, with particular reference to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and serves as the principal liaison to the Holston Conference, the Tennessee Independent College and Universities Association (TICUA) and the community at large.
Assistant to the President for Special Projects
The Assistant to the President, Larry Wallace, is responsible for the procurement of all third-party contracts and services. Additional responsibilities involve oversight of facilities, EPA compliance, OSHA compliance, legal affairs, contracts, as well as real estate and real property acquisition and sales. He will also continue to assist with a variety of special projects, including fundraising.
Dr. Suzanne Hine
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Reporting to and advising the president in regard to faculty and curricular concerns, Dr. Suzanne Hine holds specific responsibility for supervising the college’s academic program, managing its day-to-day functions, and inspiring the faculty to self-governance and to excellence in its standards, as well as to pedagogical and curricular innovation. Moreover, as vice president for academic affairs, Hine represents the academic program and faculty in her work with internal and external constituencies. This division also includes the chaplain, Merner Pfeiffer Library, the Office of the Registrar and Campus Information Technology.
Dr. Scott Mashburn
Vice President for Student Life
Dr. Scott Mashburn holds responsibility for co-curricular activities of the campus; holds management responsibility for career services; oversees the administration of the residence halls; and provides leadership for the effective administration of the Student Government Association, fraternity and sorority organizations, and all other campus co-curricular organizations. It is the responsibility of the vice president for student life to maintain a close working relationship with the entire student body, to keep the president informed of student concerns and to serve as an advocate for students in all matters related to the administration. Mashburn also serves as the liaison for contracted services in food service, security and the campus bookstore.
Vice President for Financial Affairs
As vice president for financial affairs, Gail Harris, maintains the permanent record of the financial transactions of the college and is responsible for the preparation of the college’s financial statements for presentation to the Board of Trustees, president and senior vice president. Harris provides leadership for day to day functions and activities of the Business Office, including oversight and direct involvement in services and operations. The vice president for financial affairs reports directly to the senior vice president and assists as necessary as a liaison with the College’s auditors, bank partners and vendors.
Vice President for Advancement
As Vice President for Advancement, Randy Nelson oversees all aspects of development and communications, including the offices of alumni relations, annual giving, public relations and marketing.
Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
As the vice president for institutional effectiveness, Traci Williams assumes primary responsibility for working with faculty and administration in all areas of research, assessment and retention efforts for the college. She also oversees the operation of the Campus Information Technology Department, including the administration of myPortal and the student information system. Williams reports directly to the president and assumes a leadership role for articulating the critical information and data needed for decision making at the cabinet level. She also manages all institutional data and student learning outcomes, assessment activity, coordinates evaluation instruments and monitors distribution of reporting information for internal and external agencies.