Student Development Conference

The biennial New Directions in Student Development conference is a professional development program for practitioners of all levels in the field of Student Development from two-year community and technical colleges in the five-state region of the Southeast.


New Directions in Student Development

March 5-6, 2020



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Flora W. Tydings, Chancellor

The Tennessee Board of Regents appointed Dr. Tydings its chancellor, effective Feb. 1, 2017. She is chief executive officer of the College System of Tennessee – the state’s 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology.

Dr. Tydings led transformation of the TBR system into the unified community and technical college system envisioned by the Complete College Tennessee Act  and the FOCUS Act.  Working with the Board, she established Student Success and Workforce Development as the system’s mission and restructured the system office to achieve it – eliminating separate divisions for community and technical colleges and creating new Offices of Student Success, Economic and Community Development, and External Affairs, while bolstering the Office of Academic Affairs and Office of Policy and Research to ensure that programs and initiatives are data driven and evidence based.

She won Board approval for a new Warranty of Competency, guaranteeing that new graduates of technical programs can perform competencies identified in their program’s curriculum guide or be retrained free of charge.

She earned her Doctor of Education at The University of Georgia; her Master of Education at Mercer University, and her Bachelor of Science in Education at Georgia Southern University. She previously served as president of Chattanooga State Community College in Tennessee and Athens Technical College in Georgia.



Wednesday, March 4, 2020

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Early Registration at Inn on the Square
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Social at Inn on the Square

Thursday, March 5, 2020

8:00 a.m. Registration at PTC Conference Center
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Address - Dr. Flora W. Tydings
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Session A
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Catered Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Session B
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Session C
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Snack Break
3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Concurrent Session D
5:45 - 7:00 p.m. Business After Hours at Inn on the Square

Friday, March 6, 2020

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Concurrent Session E
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Concurrent Session F
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Session G
12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Wrap Up & Box Lunch

Conference agenda subject to change.



Registration will open in January 2020

  • Early bird-$95
  • Regular-$105
  • Presenter-$85

Register 3 and get the 4th one free.

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