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About Greater Tennessee HERC


To promote equity and excellence in higher education recruitment in the greater Tennessee Region.


The Greater Tennessee HERC advances member institutions’ ability to recruit and retain the most diverse and talented workforce and to assist dual-career couples.


  • Attract the most talented and diverse candidates to our member institutions.
  • Advance the efforts of member institutions to assist dual-career couples.
  • Promote Tennessee higher education as an employment sector of choice.
  • Ensure our members remain on the cutting edge of best recruitment and retention practices.

The Greater Tennessee HERC was established in 2014 as a collaborative response of colleges and universities in Tennessee to the many challenges of academic recruitment and retention. Greater Tennessee HERC's core values are excellence and diversity in the higher education workforce and the promotion of work/life balance through assistance to dual career couples.

Who We Are

The Greater TN HERC is composed of a diverse group of public and private colleges and universities that include research universities, doctoral and master's institutions, affiliated medical schools and teaching hospitals, four-year colleges, and community colleges.

Member representatives include institutional leaders, faculty, academic and faculty affairs professionals, human resources managers and administrators, diversity officers, dual career consultants, and work-life personnel.

The Greater TN HERC is governed by an Advisory Board drawn from its member institutions and administered by the Greater TN HERC Director.


Advisory Board members

  • Diane R. Berty, Vice President, TN Independent Colleges & Universities Association (TICUA)
  • Lori Gonzalez; Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs; University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Candy Lindsay; Sr. Director, Talent Mgt. & Operations; Vanderbilt University
  • Diana D. McClay; Director, Office of Human Resources; East Tennessee State University
  • Janet Rachel; Talent Operations Program Mgr., Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Lori Von Bokel-Amin; Associate Director of Human Resources, Rhodes College
  • John Zomchick; Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs; University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Matthew Theriot; Interim Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs; University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Linda Spears; Associate Vice President of Business & Finance, Director of Human Resources; Tennessee State University

Learn more about the history of Greater TN HERC.

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