Tusculum College President Dr. Nancy B. Moody has received a six-year contract extension following a vote by the Tusculum College Board of Trustees
The action was taken during a trustees meeting on May 18.
Moody has completed four years as president.
"Tusculum College is at a very exciting time in its history. I am extremely pleased to have the support of the Board of Trustees as we move together toward long-term planning, the growth of our academic programs, and continued and expanded success of our graduates," Moody said in a news release.
Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees, praised Moody's efforts in directing the college.
"The board is very, very pleased with the recent history of the college and excited about the leadership she has brought to the institution. We want to see that continue," Bowman said.
He added, "Having a longer, multi-year contract is a strong signal to the internal and external communities that the board both appreciates and supports her. It also goes a long way in providing long-term stability for the college."
Since assuming the college presidency in April 2009 as the first female in Tusculum's history to hold the position, Moody has faced several challenges.
She led the college through a successful reaffirmation-of-accreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and guided the college toward greater financial stability.
Under her leadership, programs have been added, including nursing, chemistry, and criminal justice. In addition, a new site has been established in Madison County, N.C.
Other programs added are a bachelor of psychology degree and a master of business administration degree.
Moody was recognized by the Board of Trustees in February when she was named the first recipient of the Founders Award, presented by the board.
PERIOD OF GROWTH
The college, under her leadership, is in an accelerated growth stage.
Construction of two new apartment-style residence halls is nearing completion.
Moody led efforts to fund a new math and science facility on campus. To that end, a $3.875 million gift toward funding its construction has allowed plans to move forward.
The Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math will be a three-story, 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art science and math facility with an estimated total project cost in excess of $15 million.
An additional $39 million Community Facilities direct loan to allow for renovation of current space and construction of the new science and math building has been secured, and construction and renovations are expected to begin in the fall.
Partnerships with other institutions are at an all-time high.
Tusculum College has arranged articulation and affiliation agreements with regional community colleges and professional schools both to increase enrollment in the bachelor's degree programs and to afford expedited graduate school opportunities for alumni of the college.
Moody came to Tusculum from the presidency of Lincoln Memorial University (LMU).
She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, chair-elect of the NCAA DII South Atlantic Conference, and past member of the NCAA DII President's Council.
She is the past chair of the executive committee for the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association.