Edens named director of Financial Aid: Ashley Edens has been named director of Financial Aid at Tusculum. In her new role, Edens will be responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive vision and strategy for financial aid operations. Edens holds a master’s degree in education leadership from Tennessee State University, an MBA from Milligan College, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from East Tennessee State University and an Associate of Science from Northeast State Community College. She has more than 10 years of financial aid experience, most recently as director of financial aid at Walters State Community College. She previously worked as financial aid coordinator, direct loan coordinator and financial aid counselor at Tusculum.
Wilkinson named vice president for finance and CFO: John Wilkinson has been named vice president for finance and chief financial officer at Tusculum. Wilkinson comes to Tusculum from Mitchell Community College in Statesville, North Carolina, where he served as vice president for administration and as chief operating officer. Prior to joining Mitchell Community College, Wilkinson worked as a financial consultant and as assistant chief financial officer at Lakota Local School District in Liberty Township, Ohio. He holds an MBA in accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Miami University in Ohio and is currently working toward a doctorate in management at Walden University. In his new role Wilkinson will be key member of the president’s executive leadership team, assuming a strategic role in the overall management and direction of the organization including day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities. He will begin his duties on Jan. 16.
Richard Dean Hurley named chief of campus safety: Hurley, of Jonesborough, has been named chief of campus safety at Tusculum after a 38-year career with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. In his new role Lt. Col. Hurley will be responsible for planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and evaluating all campus safety activities to ensure compliance with all certification requirements. He will supervise and oversee the training for all Tusculum commissioned safety officers. During his time with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Hurley served as commander of the statewide enforcement operation and supervised approximately 850 people in law enforcement operations and special assignments. He also oversaw statewide law enforcement operations, disciplinary actions, promotional interviews, evaluations and recommendations for hiring highway patrol personnel.