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Motlow State President: "The very fabric of how we teach is changing"


Anthony Kinkel, Motlow State Community College president, recently spoke to Motlow faculty, staff and administrators during Fall Convocation. Fall semester classes began Aug. 22 on each of Motlow's campuses, and the College is once again the fastest growing college in Tennessee for the second consecutive year.

LYNCHBURG, TN (Aug. 29, 2016) — Saying "technology is revolutionizing the way we teach," Motlow State Community College President Dr. Anthony (Tony) Kinkel recently gave an impassioned address to faculty and staff at the College's Fall Convocation held on the Moore County campus.

Kinkel, who became Motlow State's sixth president in August of 2015, supported this statement with several examples of how technology will change the world we currently live in, and related that to what Motlow State is doing now to keep pace.

"The very fabric of how we teach is changing," Kinkel stated. "That's why we spent the last year reimagining our college and created a whole new division called digital-first learning, led by our new Dean of Digital First, Tess Olten."

Kinkel said digital-first learning involves the deep integration of emerging technologies into teaching, learning, and support services by the entire Motlow community, and is seen as a call to action to all Motlow faculty, staff and administrators.

The Motlow president assured faculty that technology will never replace teachers, but rather will dramatically enhance what teachers do best.

In addition to technological changes in the way we teach, Kinkel characterized the last year as "amazing", citing accomplishments ranging from correcting salary injustices, Motlow leading the state in enrollment growth, Motlow leading the state in retention of Tennessee Promise students to the Smyrna campus becoming the third fastest growing campus in the country.

"With the Smyrna campus now enrolling as many students as the Moore County and Fayetteville campuses combined, Motlow State is transiting several key administrative, faculty, and dedicated staff positions to Smyrna as a result of enrollment growth," Kinkel said.

"We are also committed to achieving growth on the other three campuses and are reimagining our organization to meet these challenges," Kinkel stated to the overflow audience in Powers Auditorium inside Eoff Hall. "We are exploring new programs for all campuses including Drones, Robotics, Medical Lab Technician, Paralegal, Tool and Die and other terminal programs to fit today's economy."

The information-packed address underscored Kinkel's forward thinking on behalf of future Motlow State students and his commitment to their success.

"Motlow State is changing as evidenced by leading the state in enrollment growth for the second consecutive year," added Kinkel. "It is our moral responsibility to continue to reimagine our college; not for us, but for the generations that will come after us who are seeking to enter a world in which 40 percent of the jobs they will be in are not even created as of today."

In closing Kinkel pledged, "Every decision we make, every budget we spend, every person we hire, every person we promote, will be done with each other in mind." He added, "Leaders create culture. Culture drives behavior. Behavior produces results. Results means more middle Tennessee students having a chance at a better life."