Laura Monks, president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Shelbyville, was recently awarded the June Anderson Award.

The award is presented to a woman at the annual Women in Higher Education of Tennessee conference who has met the majority of the following requirements: demonstrated leadership in WHET, developed curricula that enhance understanding of the role women play in various disciplines, mentored other women, demonstrated advocacy for women in the community, supported women in becoming better qualified to advance in higher education professions and demonstrated influence that impacts opportunities for women beyond the bounds of Tennessee.

An advocate for student success and workforce development, Monks has served students and communities for 25 years.

She was assistant director of TCAT-Shelbyville and served as interim president following the retirement of Ivan Jones. Monks was named the sixth president of TCAT-Shelbyville on Nov. 1, 2017 and is the first woman to hold the position at the institution.

Prior to joining TCAT, she served in various leadership roles at Motlow State Community College for 22 years at various times as dean of students, athletic director and director of the school’s Fayetteville location.

She was recommended as the new president of TCAT-Shelbyville by Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora W. Tydings.

A resident of Fayetteville, Monks holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University.  She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in leadership and policy studies at the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus.

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