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Dr. Donna Love Seagle to Lead Academic Affairs
August 27, 2019

Dr. Donna Love Seagle has been named vice president of academic affairs at Walters State Community College.
Seagle was previously director of faculty instruction and professional development and founding director of the Center of Academic Research and Excellence at Chattanooga State Community College. She joined Chattanooga State in 1998 as associate professor of psychology.
“We are very excited to have Dr. Seagle lead academic affairs,” said Dr. Tony Miksa, president of Walters State.
“She brings over 20 years of student-focused community college leadership experience. She also has a dedicated passion for serving faculty members.”
In her position at Chattanooga State, Seagle worked closely with faculty members to develop and deploy high-impact practices in teaching. Additionally, she lead campuswide initiatives to support student learning and success while continuing to teach.

Seagle holds an A.S. in education from Virginia Highlands Community College, a B.A. in education from Emory and Henry College, an M.A. in school psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in psychology from Grand Canyon University. She has also completed postgraduate studies in higher education leadership and curriculum at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
“I have often visited the campus and worked with the staff of Walters State through Tennessee Board of Regents projects. I share the college’s interest in programs and practices that engage students, ensure high-quality teaching and increase student success,” Seagle said.
She credits the community college she attended for helping her complete her education.
“For me, a community college provided a pathway. When I was attending Virginia Highlands, my father died unexpectedly. A professor stepped in and helped me continue my education and assisted in my transfer to Emory and Henry. If not for the personal attention I received, I might have walked away from my education,” Seagle said.
Right after college, Seagle worked as a child care center director where she saw the impact that a psychologist could have on young students. She then decided to go to graduate school and worked as a psychologist in the public school system while also teaching as an adjunct instructor at a community college.
“I knew the moment I started teaching that first class that working at a community college was what I needed to be doing,” Seagle said.
Seagle started her new position on July 1.