image010-21David Gregory, interim chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, will deliver the address during the Columbia State Community College fall 2016 commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Webster Athletic Center.

Graduates include residents of Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, Maury, Perry, Wayne and Williamson Counties, as well as Bedford, Davidson, Dickson, Humphreys, Lincoln and Rutherford Counties and other areas of Tennessee.

“I look forward to Chancellor Gregory’s address and celebrating our fall 2016 graduates,” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. “Chancellor Gregory’s leadership throughout the years has resulted in Tennessee Community Colleges being recognized for their excellence and responsiveness to our communities. He is a great supporter of Columbia State and I am honored to have the privilege of introducing him to our graduates.”

Gregory was appointed interim chancellor effective Feb. 1, 2016. Gregory served as the vice chancellor of administration and facilities development for the TBR from May 1998 until his appointment in February.

In his previous position, he was responsible for overseeing capital outlay and maintenance projects for the 46 TBR institutions – six universities, 13 community colleges and 27 Colleges of Applied Technology – located across the state, as well as serving as the system’s legislative liaison on Capitol Hill. Gregory was formerly the director of government affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield. He has also held leadership positions in state government and served as chief of staff for both former Gov. Ned McWherter and former Lt. Gov. John Wilder.

The Webster Athletic Center is on the Columbia Campus, located at 1665 Hampshire Pike. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to ensure seating availability.