Kingsport's McCord to join Bill Lee's Cabinet as labor commissioner

Hank Hayes • Jan 4, 2019 at 12:28 PM

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee on Thursday announced Dr. Jeff McCord of Kingsport will be the next commissioner of the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

McCord currently serves as vice president for Economic and Workforce Development at Northeast State Community College. He leads Workforce Solutions, a workforce development program that includes the development of registered apprenticeship programs and the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM), a technical career academy in Kingsport’s downtown Academic Village.

In addition to organizational leadership for the Adult Education programming for the First Tennessee Development District, he also serves as the lead administrator for the nationally recognized Academic Village. McCord has more than 20 years of business and industry experience including a number of leadership positions and specific experience related to organizational effectiveness and corporate education.

McCord’s appointment was among six Cabinet-level positions announced by Lee.

“The six individuals joining our Cabinet represent each of our Grand Divisions and bring vast experience in their respective areas,” said Lee. “I am excited to work with this group and look forward to building solutions for our state.”

On November 7, the Lee transition team unveiled a new website: transition.billlee.com. The site includes detailed information about the governor-elect’s policy priorities, a section where Tennesseans can submit their resumes to potentially join his team and, most important, a section where Tennesseans can share their ideas with Lee and his team.

Since launching the site, the Lee transition team has received information from more than 1,400 applicants interested in serving in the administration and more than 2,400 ideas for bettering state government, according to a release.

Lee will be sworn in to office on Jan. 19.

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