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Northeast names Sam Rowell, Connie Marshall vice presidents

Bob Carpenter, Community Contributor • Jan 15, 2019 at 2:15 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Sam Rowell, current Northeast State Community College vice president for academic affairs, has been named vice president for economic and workforce development, school President Bethany Flora announced late Monday morning. He succeeds Jeff McCord, who is joining Gov.-elect Bill Lee's cabinet.

Connie Marshall, current dean of health professions, succeeds Rowell as interim vice president for academic affairs.


Rowell has worked at Northeast State since 1996 in various capacities including associate professor, interim dean of advanced technologies, dean of advanced technologies and interim vice president for academic affairs. He has served as vice president of academic affairs since May 2018. He also has nine years of industrial experience with McDonnell Douglas Corp. and Brunswick Composites.

A news release said Rowell has played significant roles in dual admissions agreements with King and Tusculum universities and articulation agreements with Milligan College and the Tennessee College for Applied Technology at Morristown. He aided successful academic audits for the EMT and A.A. and A.S. university parallel programs as well as the Cardiovascular Technology Program accreditation.

Rowell holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from East Tennessee State University, as well as a master's degree in technology education from California Long Beach and bachelor's and associate's degrees from Southern Illinois University.

"Dr. Rowell has done an excellent job as the college's VP of Academic Affairs," Flora said. "However, he has years of industrial, manufacturing and teaching experience that make him exceptionally qualified to assume the duties for economic and workforce development."

In addition to his new role, Rowell will also resume duties as dean of Advanced Technologies with Keith Tittle continuing to serve as assistant dean of Advanced Technologies. Rowell will be instrumental in the finalization of the college’s $29.8 million Technical Education Complex, which is currently under construction, Flora said.


Marshall, who joined the college in 1999, was the first director and instructor of Northeast State's Cardiovascular Technology Program.

As dean of health professions, she directed six academic programs at the Regional Center for Health Professions in Kingsport. The programs include Cardiovascular Technology, Dental Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing, Surgical Technology and Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic. She supervised the accreditation processes for each of the division's programs as well. She also holds the title of associate professor.

Marshall received her associate of science degree from East Tennessee State University. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tusculum University.

“With her teaching, academic, and leadership expertise in overseeing the six programs in Health Professions, Ms. Marshall is an excellent choice to succeed Dr. Rowell,” Flora said. “We know she will perform superbly in her new role.”

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