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Policy/Guideline Area

Governance, Organization, and General Policies

Applicable Divisions

TCATs, Community Colleges, System Office


Presidents' councils and sub-councils are established to provide campus administrators with a formal structure to communicate on matters of common interest to the Board of Regents.


  1. Presidents' Councils
    1. The president of each institution shall be a member of the Joint Presidents' Council.
    2. The Joint Presidents' Council shall have the opportunity to present reports and recommendations to the Board.
    3. The Chancellor shall be an ex-officio member of the Council.
    4. Presidents of the community colleges and TCATs may form a Community College and TCAT Presidents' Council, and each may present reports and recommendations to the Board.
    5. The Chancellor shall be an ex-officio member of the Councils.
  2. Sub-Councils
    1. There shall be five sub-councils to the Joint Presidents' Council.
    2. These shall be the Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, Student Affairs, College of Applied Technology, and Faculty Sub-Councils.
    3. The chief administrative officers of Academics, Business, and Student Affairs of each community college shall be members of the respective sub-councils for these defined areas.
    4. Representatives from the colleges of applied technology may be added by the sub-councils as desired.
    5. Each community college will identify a faculty representative to serve as a member based on their college’s established faculty governance processes for electing or identifying representatives. Even when representatives are selected for multi-year terms per their college’s governance process, colleges must provide an annual notification to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
    6. The Chair will be elected from among its current Sub-Council members during the regular July meeting.
    7. The Faculty Sub Council will have six TCAT representatives according to its processes for identifying representatives.
    8. These sub-councils shall have the opportunity to present reports and recommendations to the Chancellor through the Joint Presidents' Council.
    9. All presidents shall be ex-officio (non-voting) members of each sub-council.
  3. Ad Hoc Councils
    1. The Joint Presidents Council with the Chancellor's approval may form other sub-councils on an ad hoc basis as the need may arise.
    2. The above stated provisions for ex-officio sub-council members shall also apply to all ad hoc sub-councils.
  4. Operating Procedures
    1. Each of the councils formed under the authority granted above shall elect a chairperson on an annual basis, who shall speak for the council for the purpose of presenting reports and recommendations.
    2. The chair of the respective councils should rotate annually among the institutions. Further, the councils shall maintain minutes of their meetings, and these minutes shall be submitted to the Chancellor and be available for Board review.
    3. Ex-officio members of the respective councils shall be invited to attend all council meetings.



T.C.A. §§ 49-8-203, 8-35-101 et seq., 8-35-403 et seq., 8-36-714


TBR Meetings, March 5, 1976; September 30, 1977; June 24, 1983; June 19, 1998, June 25, 1999; January 1, 2023, January 27, 2023, February 22, 2023, March 30, 2023.