Gwendolyn Sutton Is the First Woman to Lead the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Memphis

Gwendolyn Sutton is the new president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Memphis. She is the first woman to lead the college.

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology Memphis enrolls just over 1,100 students according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up just 54 percent of the student body.

Dr. Sutton began her higher education career in 2001 as a financial aid officer. After two years at private colleges in Jackson, Mississippi, and Memphis, she joined TCAT Memphis as financial aid coordinator in 2003 and served in that role for 10 years. She has served as its vice president since 2017.

“As the first female president of TCAT Memphis, I am excited to continue this professional path while leading the TCAT Memphis faculty, staff, and students, whom I consider my family,” Dr. Sutton said. “I am looking forward to expanding the college mission throughout Memphis-Shelby County, forming local and national partnerships with businesses and industries, increasing workforce opportunities in our communities, and strengthening dual enrollment offerings in our secondary schools.”

Dr. Sutton is a graduate of Mississippi State University. She earned an MBA at Bethel University in Tennessee and a doctor of education degree in leadership and professional practice from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.

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