Moderator: Tracy D. Hall, Ed.D.

President, Southwest Tennessee Community College

Tracy D. Hall Headshot

Dr. Tracy D. Hall assumed the presidency of Southwest Tennessee Community College on July 13, 2015. After a national search that attracted more than 65 applicants, the Tennessee Board of Regents selected Dr. Hall out of four finalists. She is the first woman to hold this position.

Dr. Hall believes deeply in community colleges’ access and success mission and is passionate about increasing economic and social mobility opportunities for urban students.

Prior to joining Southwest, she served as vice president of academic affairs at St. Louis Community College–Forest Park where she oversaw the planning, development, implementation, and assessment of general transfer studies and more than 30 career and technical programs.

She previously served six years as associate dean of instruction and five years as a full-time speech, mass communication, and intercultural communication faculty member at Metropolitan Community College–Penn Valley in Kansas City, MO.

Dr. Hall also served as the minority student retention services coordinator for Kennesaw State University (GA) and began her professional career as a full-time communications instructor at St. Louis Community College–Meramec from 1993 to 1997.

She currently serves on local and national boards including The Memphis Medical District Collaborative; The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), where she co-chairs the Commission on Student Success; The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC); and the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Dr. Hall earned her Ed.D. from the University of Missouri–Columbia in educational leadership and policy analysis, her M.A. in communications from Wichita State University, and her B.A. from the University of Missouri–St. Louis in speech and mass communications. 

Dr. Hall and her husband, Anthony, are the proud parents of three adult children.