Nashville State Hires Waverly Native as Humphreys County Campus Director


Nashville State Community College has hired Waverly native and resident Kim Zills as associate dean and the director of its Humphreys County campus. The college is located at 695 Holly Lane.

Zills assumes the director’s role from another Waverly native and resident, Jennie Stribling.

Stribling recently retired after serving as the Director of the Humphreys County Center for Higher Education since 1999. Stribling was instrumental in working with the county and local industrial development officials to add 10,000 square feet of classroom space and oversaw the creation and implementation of the Industrial Process Control Technology program.

“It was important that the college hire a leader who truly understands the needs of Humphreys County and the surrounding communities,” said Dr. Shanna L. Jackson, Nashville State’s President. “The fact that Kim has a true appreciation for the great history of this campus, Nashville State experience and established relationships was an added bonus.”

The campus was developed due to the dedicated coordination between the county, 21st Century Educational Foundation, local non-profits, residents, businesses and county, which owns the building.

Mrs. Zills bring more than 20 years of experience in higher education. She spent the past 15 months at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Dickson, where served as student service coordinator. Prior to that, Zills was the office supervisor for student services at Nashville State’s Humphreys County campus. She holds as Associate of Science in Administrative Services from Draughons Junior College, Associate of Science of Psychology from Nashville State and a Bachelor of Science in Management and Organizational Development from Bethel College.

“As a graduate of Nashville State, I can testify to the quality of the education and student support services,” said Zills. “As an affordable college option, you can earn a degree or technical certificate. I am thrilled about this opportunity and look forward to serving our students and communities.”

At Nashville State, you can take onsite and online degree and technical certificate classes for program completion in high-demand areas that reflect the needs of local employers in the area.

The College serves students from Waverly, McEwen, New Johnsonville, Camden, Erin and beyond.

There are a number of tuition assistance programs offered by the State, such as Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect. The college can help connect you.

Recently, Nashville State held an apprentice signing event with area employers and students from the college’s Industrial Process Control Technology (IPCT) degree program. Nashville State’s IPCT program provides hands-on training needed to build the skill set required for a career in the manufacturing industry.

“Kim is a leader at our college and in the community,” said Kim Silverman, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for Extended Campuses. “I know her door will always be open to anyone with questions or employers looking to explore partnership opportunities.”

Potential students interested in learning more about what programs are offered and enrolling, can email Registration for Summer and Fall is open. All summer classes will be held online. As of now, fall classes are scheduled for on-ground delivery, unless already scheduled to be online or hybrid. To learn more, visit:

Kim Zills (left) with Nashville State President Dr. Shanna L. Jackson
Kim Zills (left) with Nashville State President Dr. Shanna L. Jackson.

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