Cleveland State Community College will hold its annual spring Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. in the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium. Dr. Carol G. Puryear has been chosen as the keynote speaker for the ceremony.
Dr. Puryear serves as the vice chancellor for economic and community development for the Tennessee Board of Regents – The College System of Tennessee, where she "provides vision and leadership in promoting higher education’s role in economic development throughout the state." She serves as the State’s point of contact for private and public entities seeking information and assistance with workforce training.
Previously, Dr. Puryear served as TBR’s associate vice chancellor for instruction and special projects for the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, where she worked closely with the Department of Economic and Community Development as well as the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Her other TBR roles included serving as the director of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Murfreesboro, assistant vice chancellor of the Colleges of Applied Technology and coordinator for TBR’s Regents Online Campus Collaborative, now TN eCampus.
"Dr. Puryear has dedicated her career to education, serving more than 30 years in a variety of academic settings, including secondary institutions, universities, technical colleges, for-profit institutions and non-profit organizations," officials said. "Dr. Puryear is active with the Council of Occupational Education, serving on the Committee on Accreditation Standards and Conditions and the Committee on Nominations. She is also active in a variety of other professional organizations."
Dr. Puryear earned her doctorate of Education from Tennessee State University in administration and supervision with a concentration in higher education. She also holds a master’s degree in technical education from Middle Tennessee State University.
For those who are unable to attend the commencement ceremony, it will also be broadcast live online through the Cleveland State website at www.clevelandstatecc.edu.