The Tennessee Board of Regents appointed Laura Travis as the next president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Dickson on December 1, 2023. She will succeed retiring President Arrita Summers.
Travis joined the college staff in 1998 as Director of Nursing. Her responsibilities expanded to Academic Affairs/Health Careers Coordinator in 2015; she was appointed the college’s Vice President in 2020, and then to Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Compliance in 2021.
She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a master of science in nursing administration, both at Tennessee Technological University. Prior to joining TCAT Dickson , she worked as a registered nurse and team leader at Homecare Solutions in Dickson and previously as a registered nurse at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
“It is an honor to be selected to serve as the next president of TCAT Dickson. I am dedicated to continuing the excellence of the college while leading its faculty, staff, and students into the future,” Travis said following the board’s unanimous vote. “Through our strong partnerships with our local businesses, industries, and educational systems, we will continue our mission to be the premier provider of workforce development in Tennessee.”
“I am grateful to Chancellor Tydings and the Tennessee Board of Regents for the opportunity to serve this college that I love. When I take this role on December 1, it will be the 25th anniversary of when I first began at TCAT Dickson. I’m so thankful for the past, but I’m very excited about our future,” she said.
In addition to its main campus in Dickson, the college has a major branch campus in Clarksville and has teaching locations in Franklin and at Turney Center Industrial Complex.