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McMinnville TCAT president retires

By: Alyssa Boles -- Intern for the Southern Standard

From left, England and Dr. Laux

A higher education institution in McMinnville is seeking new leadership. 

Tennessee College of Applied Technology’s president has retired.

“I have kids and grandkids out of state and I want to spend time with them,” said Dr. Warren Laux, who added he would also like to increase his volunteer efforts by lending a helping hand to different colleges. 

Laux has served as president of TCAT since April 2010. That contribution to education followed a distinguished career in the field.

“Once I left the military, I started taking classes,” said Laux. “Then I took a teaching job and it just went from there. I love helping people and I had a passion for education and helping students learn.” 

Before finding a home in Tennessee, Laux lived in Florida and taught middle school and adult education and was an adjunct professor at community colleges and universities. He was a county vocational supervisor, assistant director and director in Clearwater, Fla., for 10 years and was director of St. Petersburg Technical Center for 15 years. 

He will be missed.

“Dr. Laux was a president who wanted to see more programs put in place,” said Randy England, TCAT instructor of Machine Tool Technology. “He was instrumental in getting the machine tool program started at Warren County High School. He was also instrumental in getting an industrial maintenance class started in the industrial park in Coffee County, which now has a day and night class. Because of him, we now have a culinary class and a cosmetology class. He always put the needs of students first.”

Nathan Garrett has been named TCAT interim president.

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