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VSCC President Dr. Orinthia T. Montague found dead

Last updated on February 6, 2024

UPDATE: Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Dr. Flora W. Tydings announced today that Dr.Russ Deaton, the executive vice chancellor for policy and strategy at TBR, will serve as the interim president at Vol State.

By Delaney Holman

Dr. Orinthia T. Montague, Volunteer State Community College’s fourth president, was found dead today.

After not appearing at a Tennesee Board of Regents (TBR) quarterly meeting at Motlow State Community College she was found dead in her hotel room.

Before coming to Vol State in September, 2021, Montague served in New York, where she was president of Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden.

“Dr. Montague’s passing is a tremendous loss, not only to the Volunteer State Community but to the entire Tennessee Board of Regents System and higher education. She was a great leader who cared deeply about her students and their success,” said TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings.

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