Dr. James Hurley has been named the 28th president of Tusculum College.
“We are excited to announce that Dr. Hurley has been named president of the college and will lead us into the next phase of Tusculum College history,” said Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are extremely confident in his ability and excited by his enthusiasm to become part of the Tusculum legacy.”
Hurley comes to Tusculum from Lincoln Memorial University, where he served as executive vice president, dean of the School of Business and professor of leadership and education. Under his guidance, LMU enrolled the largest class in the history of the school, added new academic programs and the School of Business grew by more than 60 percent.
He will begin his tenure on Oct. 1. Hurley was selected after a nationwide search that was initiated following the retirement announcement by current president Dr. Nancy B. Moody earlier this year.
Hurley previously served as president of his alma mater, the University of Pikeville. During his tenure, Pikeville achieved its largest enrollment in history, experienced unprecedented growth and was named the 20th fastest-growing college in the U.S. by “The Chronicle of Higher Education.” Hurley’s vision and leadership resulted in three new colleges during his presidency including the Coleman College of Business, the Patton College of Education and the Kentucky College of Optometry. A successful fundraiser, Hurley launched an ambitious capital campaign, raising and securing more than $62 million for the college.
Throughout his 20-year career in education, Hurley has served as instructor, professor, dean, vice president and president. He has had extensive and varied experience at private, liberal arts, faith-based institutions and has shown an understanding of the challenges facing higher education, such as the increasingly competitive environment in which these institutions must simultaneously attract, retain and graduate students, as well as stabilize their fiscal health, grow their academic portfolio, and raise additional external funds.
Hurley holds a doctoral degree from Morehead State University in education leadership and finance; a Rank 1 Certification from the University of Kentucky in educational supervision; a Master of Science in education degree from Indiana University, and a bachelor’s degree in business education and management from Pikeville College. He has also completed the Institute for Presidential Leadership at Harvard University and received a certificate in higher education management from Vanderbilt University.
“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead Tennessee’s oldest college with its rich history, heritage and commitment to higher education in Appalachia,” Hurley said. “I was drawn to Tusculum because of its intentional mission of educating first-generation college students, the deliberate focus on the Civic Arts and deeply committed trustees, faculty and staff. Tusculum is a special place with a prolific history and a bright future. My family and I are eager to join the Greeneville community and will pour our hearts and souls into strengthening Pioneer Nation.”
Also at a meeting on Saturday, Moody was recognized by the Board of Trustees by with the distinction of President Emerita.
“Through her tenure, Dr. Moody has provided strong and capable leadership to the institution and her students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends as the first female president,” said Bowman. “Under her guidance, the college has served its students to a greater and unequaled sense of accomplishment than ever before, and she has embraced the opportunity to encourage faculty, staff, students and volunteers to push Tusculum College forward through creative teaching and learning, responsible stewardship and a renewed commitment to service and civic engagement.”