National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Welcomes Chris Whaley, J.D., to Board

Chris Whaley, J.D., president of Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tennessee, has been named to the NACCE board of directors.

Springfield, MA, February 21, 2018 --( The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced the appointment of Chris Whaley, J.D., to its board of directors. Whaley is president of Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tennessee.

“We are pleased to welcome President Whaley to the NACCE Board of Directors,” said NACCE Chair Susan May, Ed.D., president of Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin. “His breadth of experience spans all facets of the community college, from faculty, to dean and administrator – each providing invaluable perspective and understanding of organizational needs and opportunities. He will be a vital contributor to our dynamic board.”

“It's such an honor to join the board and have the opportunity to work with Rebecca Corbin and her incredible staff at NACCE,” said Whaley. “There are so many great entrepreneurial ideas and practices happening in our community colleges. These initiatives are crucial tools to promote student access and success throughout the nation and world.”

Whaley began his college education at Roane State, earning the college’s highest student award and continued his education at Middle Tennessee State University. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee. After three years in private practice as an attorney, he returned to the college in 1997 and served in various capacities, including dean of social science, business and education, and vice president for Student Learning/Chief Academic Officer. He developed original curriculum for Roane State’s A.A.S. degree in paralegal studies and received the Roane County Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award in 2015. In 2012, Whaley became Roane State’s fifth president.

About Roane State
Roane State has nine locations across East Tennessee plus a center for health science education in West Knoxville. Its career preparation programs train students in business management, health science, office administration, police science, and other fields for students desiring associate degrees or certificates. The college also offers nursing and 13 health science programs, plus a degree in paralegal studies. Designed for students who plan to transfer to senior institutions, the Roane State academic transfer curricula include two years of instruction in the humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences to build a strong liberal arts background during the freshman and sophomore years.

NACCE is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs focused on igniting entrepreneurship in their communities and campuses. NACCE has two main goals: to empower college leaders to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset and to grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem. NACCE has over 330 member colleges, representing nearly 2,000 members and approximately 3.3 million students.

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