ChangeMakers: Dr. Tracy D. Hall - closing equity gaps


"Students are also citizens of the community. If they are failing to achieve, we all have a problem." Dr. Tracy D. Hall earned her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. Then in 2011, Hall’s academic journey led, for a third time, to St. Louis, where she served four years as vice president of academic affairs at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park before getting the call from Southwest Tennessee Community College where she now serves as President of the college.


When reflecting on the leadership qualities that landed her the presidency at STCC, Dr. Tracy D. Hall describes herself as results-oriented, a “people person,” and someone passionate about urban communities. “I want to get things done,” she emphasizes. “And making sure people have a voice at the table. They may not be able to physically be there, but they need a representative. When making decisions that impact people, you have to consider those people. If you haven’t walked in their shoes, how can you make those decisions?”


“There’s a spirit of collaboration I’ve felt in Memphis,” she says. “People are looking to get things done in an environment where people want things to happen. That’s critical. I’ve been places where there’s a need, but not that sense of urgency among other leaders. There may be a sense of denial. Memphis seems to get it. There are a lot of great things going on, but we can be better.”


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