Northeast State has named Teressa Dobbs as new executive director of the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE). Dobbs comes to KCHE after serving as the College’s director of the TRiO Student Support Services program. She succeeds the center’s first director, Kathy Thacker, who retired in June.
“I am very excited to come to KCHE,” said Dobbs, a native of the Bloomingdale community in Sullivan County. “Kathy established an excellent standard here that I want to build on for the future.”
KCHE hosts distance education programs and services of Northeast State, King University, Lincoln Memorial University, Tusculum College, University of Tennessee, and Milligan College. Northeast State administers the site along with the College’s four other facilities that compose Northeast State at Kingsport.
Dobbs joined Northeast State in 2009 as a counselor for TRiO Student Support Services and was soon after appointed director. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from East Tennessee State University and Master of Science degree in counseling from the University of North Texas. She later earned her Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from ETSU and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from ETSU.
As TRiO director, Dobbs led a reorganization of the department that included an increase in academic advisement available to students, the frequency of representatives traveling to off-campus teaching sites, and the TRiO student club’s efforts to increase the program’s visibility on campus.
“The aim of TRiO was to help students and I think we were successful doing that,” said Dobbs. “The TRiO staff members are wonderful advocates for students. I know it was left in good hands.”
Opened in 2008, KCHE operates as the cornerstone facility for Northeast State at Kingsport site. The College’s facilities include the Regional Center for Applied Technology, Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing, the Regional Center for Health Professions, and the Regional Center for Automotive Performance.
Dobbs hopes to expand tutoring and student services opportunities at KCHE. She also hopes to increase student engagement and promote an atmosphere conducive of academic success for students attending KCHE and other Northeast State at Kingsport facilities.
“We have had a great team atmosphere with our other institutions at KCHE,” Dobbs said. “I look forward to continue building relationships through the community and the services we can provide to students.”