Tina Tinney, chancellor of Nunez Community College

Tina Tinney, incoming chancellor of Nunez Community College

Lifelong educator Tina Tinney will take over as chancellor of Nunez Community College in Chalmette on Jan. 2.

Tinney was selected unanimously by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System’s board of supervisors on the recommendation of Monty Sullivan, the system’s president.

"I am excited to return to St. Bernard Parish to work alongside the outstanding students, faculty and staff of Nunez, and the entire business community, to lead Nunez in its next chapter of its history," Tinney said.

Tinney noted that community colleges have dual missions of academics and workforce development, and that working with the St. Bernard Parish school system and local business and industry leaders, “it's exciting to consider the expansion and diversity of programming that can be integrated.”

Tinney began her career as a high school teacher in St. Bernard Parish and later took a job at Nunez, where she served as the chair of the Health and Natural Sciences Department.

A post-Hurricane Katrina relocation brought her to Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, where she taught microbiology.

Tinney has been with Northshore Technical Community College, a multiple-campus institution, since 2013, initially as dean of academics and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and later as vice chancellor of strategic initiatives.

There, she helped expand and diversify the curriculum, fostered K-12 and four-year university pathways, and started programs and policies in student advising, student transfer, faculty development and programmatic assessment.

Tinney was instrumental in the design and programmatic development of Northshore's $10 million STEM campus in Lacombe.

She advocates for the involvement of women in STEM programs and serves on the Region 1 Workforce Development Board.

Tinney’s appointment as chancellor was made after an extensive search that included on-campus interviews and public forums with students, faculty, staff and community members.

Mickey Murphy, chair of the search committee, said she rose to the top of a competitive process.

"We believe Dr. Tinney is the perfect fit for the students, the college and the community it serves, and she will continue leading our efforts to deliver world-class academic and workforce training," he said.

Tinney said Nunez is an “on ramp” for students working toward an advanced degree and an "off ramp" for those who want training for immediate employment. In either case, she said, she is looking forward to helping students transform their lives.

In 2016, Nunez provided services for more than 4,180 students in credit, noncredit and adult education programs. It offers more than 25 degree, certificate and certified training programs and a variety of pathways for students interested in participating in the workforce or transferring to a four-year university.

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