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Presidential Search

The Board of Trustees of Lane College invites applications and nominations for the position of president. The position became vacant upon the death of its beloved president, Dr. Wesley Cornelious McClure. The Board intends to fill the position on or before July 1, 2014. Lane College is an equal opportunity employer.

The President is chief executive officer of the College and reports to the Board of Trustees. Executive leadership is primary to the success of the person selected to this position. The President provides overall management of the activities of the College within the scope of the policies established by the Board of Trustees.

Lane College, located in Jackson, Tennessee, on approximately 55 acres, is a small, private, co-educational, church-related institution that provides a liberal arts curriculum leading to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences. The College admits persons regardless of color, sex, religion or national origin.

The College is affiliated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Lane College has played a significant role in reducing the rate of illiteracy among Blacks in the South. The pool of Lane College graduates has expanded to include alumni who have entered a multitude of professional disciplines. The College is confident in its future because of its exceptional progress, due in large measure to the advocacy and commitment of its faculty and staff, alumni and friends — all of whom have supported an ambitious agenda of high academic standards, robust support services, new capital improvements, strong financial management, and strict administrative accountability. The College’s accreditation was reaffirmed in 2013 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The successful candidate should have at least an advanced degree (Doctorate preferred), with extensive experience in higher education administration or other demonstrated leadership experience at an appropriate organization. The candidate should have been engaged in experiences with fiscal management, fundraising, church-related activities, governmental relationships, enrollment management and should have an awareness of state and federal legislative activities. The candidate should be an accomplished communicator, oral and written. The successful candidate should have extensive experience in strategic planning and budgeting.

Further details can be made available by the Presidential Search Committee upon request. All communications, applications and inquiries should be sent to the following address:

Presidential Search Committee • Post Office Box 240716 • Memphis, Tennessee 38124-0716

Please submit all requested information no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014.

Religious Emphasis Week

Lane College Interim President Glenn M. Vaulx today announced that Elder James G. Dowell, Sr. will serve as the Preacher for the Week during the College’s annual observance of Religious Emphasis Week that will begin on Monday, February 3, 2014, and conclude on Friday, February 7.

“Religious Emphasis Week is a tradition at Lane College, which is supported by the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church. It began over one hundred years ago by the College’s founder, Bishop Isaac Lane, to provide focus on the symbiotic relationship between the College and the Church, and to further proclaim the unalterable ideal that Lane College is an educational institution of higher learning that believes firmly in the divine nature and spiritual unity of God, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Elder Dowell is the right person at the right time to bring this ecumenical message to the College and to the community,” said Vaulx.

For 34 years, Dowell’s faith and devotion to God and his love of all people has remained steadfast. He accepted his call to Ministry in 1980 and was assigned his first charge in Lauderdale County, Tennessee two years later. His thirst for knowledge led him to enroll in Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) in 1982.

After 19 years of preaching and pastoring, Dowell was appointed Presiding Elder of the Southwest District of the East Tennessee Region that is geographically located in the First Episcopal District of the CME Church. His duties as Presiding Elder include supervising 40 active churches with 39 pastors and more than 2,000 members in nine counties.

Elder Dowell has received numerous certificates and awards for leadership and service. He holds memberships in the NAACP and The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), while supporting many other civic and community organizations. He has pastored several churches located in Ripley, Rutherford, Brownsville, Henderson, and Greenfield, Tennessee. At Lane Chapel CME Church in Humboldt, Tennessee, he led the completion of a 250-seat sanctuary for the praise and worship of the Master. He is a proud 2011 graduate of Lane College, where he was named to the prestigious list of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” Presently, he is continuing his education at Memphis School of Theology in Memphis, Tennessee.

Dowell is married to the former Lisa Hayes, and they are the parents of three adult children and grandparents to six.

The schedule and venues of services during the week of religious emphasis are as follows:

Monday, February 3…………..Chambers-McClure Academic Center (CMAC) (7:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, February 4………….Chambers-McClure Academic Center (CMAC) (7:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, February 5…...J.F. Lane Health and Physical Education Building (11:00 a.m.)
Friday, February 7………….. ..Chambers-McClure Academic Center (CMAC) (7:00 p.m.)

The public is cordially invited to attend all services at the times and locations listed above.

Interim President
Glenn M. Vaulx

Glenn M. Vaulx, Sr., was born in Haywood County, Tennessee. He is the second of seven children born to two wonderful parents, Johnny and Vernice Vaulx. He is married to his college sweetheart, Ruby Scott Vaulx from Chattanooga, TN, and is the proud father of two caring sons, Glenn, Jr. (Kimmie) and Brian (Adrienne). He has five wonderful and brilliant grandchildren, Brian, Jr., Bralen, Glenn, III, Kamryn and Ana. He is a member of St. Paul Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, and is a member of the Steward Board (serving as the Chair of Steward Board #1 for ten years), and was a member of the Male Chorus. He graduated from Merry High School and received a music scholarship to Lane College where he played first trumpet in the band for four years. Vaulx received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics from Lane College in 1966, and later, the Master’s Degree from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) with a major in Administration & Supervision. He also did further study at Memphis State University, Murray State University, and Tennessee State University where he majored in Elementary Education.

Vaulx’s work experience began in 1966 as a sixth grade teacher in the Jackson City School System at Lincoln Elementary School where he served very successfully for three years. He was then promoted to the position of Principal at Washington-Douglass Elementary School in 1969 (at the age of 25…the youngest person ever appointed as Principal in the Jackson City School System), where he served for sixteen and one-half years. He served as Director of the Head Start Program for ten years, concurrent with his assignment as Principal of Washington-Douglass. In 1986, he was promoted to Director of Personnel for the Jackson City School System, and again in 1993 to Assistant Superintendent for Personnel & Fiscal Affairs. In that position, he was responsible for coordinating and administering programs, policies, and procedures for over 2,000 employees, and administering a budget (local, state, and federal revenue) of $125,000,000. While serving as Assistant Superintendent, he was designated as the Administrator-in-Charge in the absence of the Superintendent of Schools. He retired from the Jackson-Madison County School System on February 28, 2006. Following his retirement, the school board hired him as a consultant to advise the Superintendent on personnel, financial, and other pertinent issues from May 1, 2006 through October 13, 2006.

Vaulx is the founder and former owner of a sign company that was established in 1976. The company specialized in billboard signage and lettering on everything from posters, to windows, and all types of vehicles. He has also played the trumpet in various dance bands for sixteen years or more, and has played numerous times at his home church…St. Paul.

Vaulx has served as President and Treasurer of the Jackson Chapter of the Lane College Alumni Association; Treasurer (now Treasurer Emeritus) of the Lane College National Alumni Association for twenty-eight years; President and Treasurer of the Jackson Education Association; President of the Jackson Rotary Club (first African-American to serve in that capacity); Lifetime Member of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA); Board of Directors of Leaders Credit Union (eight years); and the YMCA Board of Directors. He is a Connecting Link; member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); charter member of the 100 Black Men of West TN Inc.; member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; and is currently serving as a Trustee on the Jackson-Madison County Library Board. He has also received numerous awards including, but not limited to, Outstanding Young Educator; WJAK Community Action Award; United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Distinguished Service Citation; Hope Outstanding Community Service Award; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority VIP; Educator of the Year-Phi Delta Kappa; Outstanding Community Service-Mt. Pleasant CME Church; Educator of the Year-Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; inclusion on the Jackson- Madison County School System’s Alumni Wall of Success; the Ronald M. Cunningham Service Award; the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Achievement Award; and the award for Leadership in Civil Rights from the First Episcopal District of the CME Church.

Vaulx has a great love for music, especially trumpet concertos, jazz and art. His greatest love is for his church, his beautiful wife, Ruby, and his family, who seem to grow dearer to him with each passing day.

His favorite scripture is found in Psalm 27:14…"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say on the Lord.”

President McClure’s Celebration of Life program instrument (pdf)

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