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NSCC's McCord named to Leadership Tennessee 2018-19 class

Community Contributor Tom Wilson • Jun 28, 2018 at 5:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Northeast State Community College’s Dr. Jeff McCord, vice president for economic and workforce development, has been selected for the Leadership Tennessee class of 2018-19.

“I'm honored to represent Northeast State and our region in the Leadership Tennessee class of 2018-19,” McCord said in a news release. “I greatly appreciate the opportunity and look forward to listening and learning from some amazing people from across our state. There is no doubt there will be many lessons I can bring back home.”

McCord guides the college’s Workforce Solutions function, which comprises workforce development and customized training programs offered through all college teaching sites and facilities including the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM). McCord oversees the college’s Adult Education programs and services in the state’s First Development District. He also serves as the lead administrator for the Kingsport Academic Village campus and liaison for the president of NSCC.

McCord joins this year’s class of 45 members representing geographic regions across the state, including Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, Clarksville, Murfreesboro, Knoxville, Kingsport, Johnson City and Chattanooga. Class members represent professional sectors including agriculture, tourism, education, economic development, government and healthcare.

Leadership Tennessee, an initiative of the College of Leadership & Public Service at Lipscomb University in Nashville, selects a new class of leaders every year. This year marks its sixth class. Leadership Tennessee classes visit different regions and communities across the state, learning best practices and analyzing important issues faced by Tennesseans.

McCord has more than 20 years of business and industry experience including a number of management positions and specific capability related to organizational effectiveness and corporate education. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech, with a bachelor’s of science degree in management. He also holds a master’s in business administration from Kennesaw State University and a doctor of education in learning and leadership from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Born and raised in Sandy Springs, Ga., McCord lives in Kingsport with his wife of 30 years, CeeGee. The couple have three children and three “children-in-law,” Sam and Kayla; Grace and Sean; and John and Lydia. McCord says that his wife and children, along with their spouses, are the finest people he knows. In 2002, McCord completed Sewanee University’s Education for Ministry program. He is active in both community and faith-based related efforts.

McCord’s resume extends into writing, publishing and public speaking. Over the past couple of decades, he has served as a speaker for numerous events and published short stories and essays in a variety of periodicals. In 18 years as a columnist for two Tennessee newspapers, including the Kingsport Times News, he has also written more than 700 columns. His novel “Awkward Grace” was published by Twilight Times Books.

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