Paula Myrick Short, vice chancellor of Academic Affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents, will speak at Tennessee Tech University's summer commencement.
She will address 366 graduates, their families and friends at commencement ceremonies to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, in TTU's Hooper Eblen Center.
A nationally recognized scholar and researcher in the field of educational administration, Short is an expert in the areas of educational leadership and organizational change.
She received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983, and she has held tenured positions at the University of Missouri-Columbia, The Pennsylvania State University and Auburn University.
In 1993, Short received the Jack A. Culberson Award, given nationally by the University Council for Educational Administration to the outstanding professor of educational administration for distinguished contributions in research within the first 10 years in the professorship.
She served as associate vice president of Academic Affairs for the University of Missouri System before her appointment to the TBR and has published more than 70 scholarly articles and seven books, made more than 112 scholarly presentations and mentored and graduated more than 21 doctoral students.
She is married to Rick Jay Short, a professor of educational and counseling psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and they have three sons.
During the summer commencement, degrees will be awarded in 27 undergraduate fields of study and 13 graduate fields. Students graduating from TTU this summer will represent 55 Tennessee counties, 10 other states and eight foreign countries.