Southeastern HERC

The Southeastern HERC was established in 2014 as the Greater Tennessee HERC - a collaborative response of colleges and universities in Tennessee to the many challenges of academic recruitment and retention. Since that time, we have grown to include member institutions in the state of Alabama. The Southeastern HERC is headquartered at Vanderbilt University.   

As a non-profit consortium of higher education and affiliated employers, the Southeastern HERC's sole aim is to help the most diverse and qualified candidates find the right jobs at our institutions. Our 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. 

Contact Southeastern HERC

For more information, including how to join the Southeastern HERC, contact:

Erik Smetana
Managing Director

Yasmine Mukahal
Regional Program Manager

Allison Byrd

State Program Coordinator - Tennessee

Diann Hayes

State Program Coordinator - Alabama

Membership Information 

To learn more about HERC membership, click here.

Regional Advisory Committee

The Southeastern HERC, administered by the region's Managing Director, is informed by an Advisory Committee drawn from its member institutions and higher education leaders within the region. Our current advisory committee is made up of the regional leadership team (see above) and the following volunteers:

    • Diane Berty - Vice President, Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association
    • Horace Chase - Vice President for Business & Finance, Tennessee State University
    • Tracey George - Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Vanderbilt University
    • Amy Grubb - Chair, CUPA-HR Southern Region
    • Linda Martin - Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success, University of Tennessee System
    • Janet Rachel - Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    • John Zomchick - Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Tennessee - Knoxville

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