Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora W. Tydings has appointed Hilda Tunstill to serve as interim president of Motlow State Community College until a search for the college’s next president is concluded.
Tunstill is Motlow’s vice president of finance and administration, has been at the college for 29 years and in its senior leadership team since 2004. She has been acting administrator of the college and its four campuses since June 14 following the resignation of the former president, Dr. Anthony G. (Tony) Kinkel.
The Board of Regents will launch a national search for the next president, a process that will take three to four months from the time the board approves the criteria for the position and appoints a search advisory committee to help conduct the search. The committee will be composed of members of the board and representatives of the Motlow faculty, staff, students, alumni and of the communities it serves.
“I am grateful that Ms. Tunstill has agreed to serve in this important role during this time of transition at Motlow State Community College,” Tydings said. “She’s a proven leader, has been part of the Motlow community for three decades and has been in its senior leadership for 13 years. Her priority is student success. She is trusted by the campus community and I have complete confidence in her.”
Tunstill joined the Motlow staff in 1988 as accounts receivable supervisor and accountant, and was named internal auditor the following year. She was appointed director of fiscal services in 2004, vice president for business affairs in 2009 and vice president for finance and administration in July 2016.
“I look forward to continuing to work with the Motlow faculty and staff to serve our students,” Tunstill said.
A Manchester native and current Franklin County resident, Tunstill earned her master’s degree in accounting and her Bachelor of Business Administration at MTSU. She is a certified public accountant, a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, former member of the National Management Association and a graduate of the University of Tennessee Leadership Institute and Coffee County Leadership.
She also taught cost accounting and principles of accounting as an adjunct professor at the college from 1994 to 2001. As an administrator, she implemented an integrated administrative software system for finance, human resources, payroll, accounts receivable and cashiering. She assisted with the development of Motlow’s strategic and institutional effectiveness plans.
Tunstill is a Motlow College Foundation trustee and serves as the foundation’s treasurer. Prior to her Motlow career, was a staff account at an accounting firm in Manchester.