Dr. Richard Rhoda
Director of the Center for Community College Leadership and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, ETSU
Richard Rhoda is the Director of the Center for Community College Leadership and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Rhoda began his career with the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) as a member of the research staff in 1973. He has served as interim president at Austin Peay State University and Nashville State Community College, vice chancellor and acting chancellor of TBR, held several roles with Tennessee State University, and served on the faculty at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Rhoda received his bachelor’s degree in history from Vanderbilt University, his master’s degree in education from George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt, and his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Vanderbilt. Rhoda served on the boards of the University of Tennessee, TBR, State Board of Education, TSAC, Board of Trustees of the Baccalaureate Education System Trust and Tennessee Foreign Language Institute. His civic activities include serving as chairman of the board for the Center for Nonprofit Management, chairman of the board of the Elephant Sanctuary of Tennessee, as a member of the Downtown Nashville Rotary Club and Leadership Nashville Alumni Association. Rhoda and his wife, Nancy, live in Nashville and have two grown children, Meredith and Nicholas. Dr. Rhoda is one of the longest serving state higher education executives in the country.
Dr. Jill Channing
Dr. Jill Channing serves as Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at East Tennessee State University. Prior to coming to ETSU, Dr. Channing served as Dean of Liberal Arts at Truckee Meadows Community College. She has also previously served as Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kankakee Community College in Kankakee, IL and as Director of Writing Programs and English Department Head at Mitchell Community College in Statesville, NC. She has over a decade of experience leading academic departments and teaching at the college level. She earned a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Dr. Channing also holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Channing has published numerous articles and presented on various topics related to teaching writing and literature, culture and education, and higher education leadership. In her spare time, Dr. Channing enjoys reading, writing, running, practicing yoga, traveling, playing with J. Gatsby (her cat), and drinking Michelob Ultra.
Dr. Emily House
Deputy Executive Director for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC)
Emily House is the Deputy Executive Director for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). Dr. House Previously led the THEC/TSAC Research and planning team which developed and executed THEC's research agenda, investigating issues of higher education related to access affordability retention and completion. Her team published the set of annual legislative reports for which THEC is responsible, and responded to requests from legislators and policymakers for data and information. Emily facilitated THEC’s involvement with the Tennessee Longitudinal Data System, and worked very closely with Governor Haslam’s staff to design, implement, and evaluate the effects of various Drive to 55 initiatives, including the Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect programs. Emily holds degrees in public policy from Cornell University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Michigan, and has a PhD in education from the University of Michigan.