Orinthia T. Montague Named President of Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee

The Tennessee Board of Regents has selected Orinthia T. Montague as the fourth president of Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin. She will take office on September 1.

“I am humbled and honored to be confirmed by the Tennessee Board of Regents as the fourth president of Volunteer State Community College,” Dr. Montague said. “As the college celebrates its fiftieth anniversary I am excited to join the community. I look forward to continuing to build upon the great work already in place at Vol State as we look towards our next 50 years.”

Volunteer State Community college enrolls more than 9,000 students according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education.  African Americans make up 8 percent of the student body.

Since 2017, Dr. Montague has been president of Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York. The public community college, which also has extension sites in Cortland and Ithaca, New York, is part of the State University of New York System. She previously served as vice president of student affairs and chief diversity officer, and dean of students, at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota. Earlier, she held a number of positions at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, including associate vice provost and dean of students.

Dr. Montague is a graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, where she majored in interpersonal communication. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

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