Effective July 10, Dr. Rebecca Ashfordwill be the new president of Chattanooga State Community College.

Ashford has been vice president of student affairs at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville since July 2008. She began her career in higher education in 1997 as a student adviser at what was then Brevard Community College in Florida, and has held executive-level appointments at three community colleges since 2000.

The Tennessee Board of Regentsunanimously accepted Chancellor Flora W. Tydings’ recommendation of Ashford.


“I am honored and humbled to be selected as the next president of Chattanooga State Community College,” Ashford said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to working with the faculty and staff to build upon the college’s successes in meeting the community’s educational and workforce needs.”

Ashford was one of four finalists selected by a search advisory committee out of 63 original candidates for the presidency.

The finalists spent a day on the campus last month, separately participating in meetings and open forums with faculty, staff, students, alumni and the public.

Ashford’s campus visit was April 19; her curriculum vitae and the archived video of her open forum are available on the TBR website.