O’Quinn and Hicks are finalists for TCAT Elizabethton President | Appalachian Highlands

NASHVILLE — The committee helping to find the next president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Elizabethton has selected two finalists for the position.

One is a current TCAT administrator, the other a retired school principal in Georgia.

The two will participate in public interviews at the college’s main campus on May 3, the next step in the selection process, according to a press release from the Tennessee Board of Regents Friday morning.

Danny O’Quinn, Vice President of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton

The finalists, chosen from 15 applicants, are David J. Hicks, superintendent of Bremen Municipal Schools in Bremen, Georgia, and adjunct professor at the University of Piedmont in Demorest, Georgia; and Daniel “Danny” Ray O’Quinn, Vice President of TCAT Elizabethton.

David Hicks

David Hicks, outgoing superintendent of municipal schools in Bremen, Georgia

According to two Georgia newspapers, Hicks recently announced his retirement from the school system effective December 31, 2022.

Finalists’ resumes and other research information are available for review on the RBT website to https://www.tbr.edu/hr/executivesearches/president-tcat– Elizabethton.

O’Quinn began his college career 35 years ago as an industrial electrical and electronics instructor and previously ran technical vocational education for Kingsport City Schools. Hicks is a former high school teacher and current college professor in Georgia.


May 3 campus interviews with the finalists are open to the public and are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. with O’Quinn, followed by Hicks at 10:15 a.m. Interviews will be held in the main campus auditorium at 426 Tennessee Highway 91. North, at Elizabethton.

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Interviews will be recorded and posted for public review on the above webpage. Members of the public and campus community can submit comments and other feedback through a survey link that will be available on the research webpage at the time of interviews.

To watch the interviews live online, contact TBR Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources April Preston at [email protected] or call (615) 366-4404 for a video link.


Dean Blevins TCAT Elizabethton

Dean Blevins, Past President of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton

The next president will succeed Dean Blevins, who is retiring in June after nearly 13 years of service as the sixth chief executive of TCAT Elizabethton in the college’s 57-year history.

Following the campus forums, TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings will review input from the campus community and the public, conduct interviews with the two finalists, and then make a recommendation to the Board of Regents for a single nominee. The council will consider the chancellor’s recommendation and the appointment of the next chair at a meeting to be announced later.

The board approved the criteria for the next president at a special meeting called Jan. 31. Full criteria, job description, and other research and college information are posted on the search for a webpage.

Following the board meeting, the 14-member search committee was appointed. Chaired by Regent Miles Burdine of Kingsport, the committee also included Regents Wanda Reid and Danni Varlan and representatives from college faculty, staff, students, alumni, community leaders and business leaders.

The search committee reviewed the application materials of 15 applicants with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, conducted interviews with the applicants, and advanced the two finalists to on-campus interviews.

TCAT Elizabethton is one of the public community and technical colleges in the College System of Tennessee, governed by the TBR.

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