Wendy Jill Thompson J.D. Bio

Wendy Thompson serves as Vice Chancellor for Access and Diversity of the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the sixth largest system of higher education in the nation, governing 45 post-secondary educational institutions. TBR institutions include six universities, 13 two-year colleges, and 26 technology centers.

As vice chancellor, she provides leadership, guidance, and support for system programs designed to increase access opportunities for underrepresented groups and for initiatives that utilize diversity efforts as tools to enhance the educational process, prepare leaders for a competitive global market, and enrich campus communities.

Prior to her promotion to vice chancellor, Thompson oversaw TBR’s successful implementation of the Geier Consent Decree, a settlement agreement of one of the nation’s longest pending higher-education desegregation lawsuits. Dr. Thompson began her career in higher education law at the University of South Florida in 1988. She served as the principal legal officer in the area of labor, faculty relations, employment and civil rights. Prior to joining the TBR staff Dr. Thompson served as University Counsel and Assistant to the President at Middle Tennessee State University from 1993 to 2001.

While at MTSU she was twice named as administrator of the year. She has consulted on drafting and implementation of post-tenure review policies and has presented on topics including sexual harassment, campus investigations, and diversity, both in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Thompson is admitted to practice law in Florida and Tennessee and is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

She was selected to attend the AASCU Millennium Leadership Institute in 2002 and the National Association of College and University Attorneys Professional Development Institute at Harvard University - July 1998. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati - College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida.