Jeanne Stokes, director of the TRIO programs at Tusculum College, is serving as president of the Tennessee Association of Special Programs (TASP).
Stokes was installed as president of the organization on Feb. 28, during the regional meeting of TRIO professionals. She will serve a two-year term.
As president, Stokes will preside at all meetings of the association and make all appointments to both standing and special committees with the advice and consent of the organization’s Executive Board. The president of the organization also serves as a board member of the Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (SAEOPP).
TASP was established in 1973 to bring together those persons who have an active interest in broadening access to postsecondary education to low-income and first generation individuals in Tennessee. The TRIO programs, which Tusculum hosts, are federally funded initiatives that provide educational and enrichments programs and resources to encourage middle and high school students who would be first-general college students and/or whose families meet income requirements to continue their education after high school. The TRIO programs also provide similar support services to college students.
Stokes has been involved in the Tusculum TRIO Programs for 20 years at Tusculum, joining the staff as coordinator for the Talent Search program. She has been an instructor at Tusculum and Warren Wilson colleges and also worked as a teacher at Concord Middle School and EastView Elementary. At Tusculum, she also serves as a member of the Judicial Review Board, the Quality Enhancement Plan Steering Committee and as an advisor for students.