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Jeff McCord

Labor and Workforce Development

Governor Bill Lee appointed Dr. Jeff McCord Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development in January 2019. Since that time under McCord’s leadership, Tennessee developed its first multi-agency comprehensive workforce development strategy, implemented multiple successful cross-agency workforce development initiatives, and grew apprenticeships to the highest level in over a decade.

Before joining the Department, Commissioner McCord spent several years in higher education primarily focusing on workforce development including leading the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing, a nationally recognized technical training facility; leading the development of Tennessee’s first registered apprenticeship program through a post-secondary institution; and serving as the lead administrator for the award-winning Kingsport Academic Village

Prior to his work in higher education, McCord spent over twenty years in business and industry holding a variety of leadership positions primarily in a fortune 500 company. He has specific experience related to corporate learning and development, organizational effectiveness, process improvement, and information technology.

Commissioner McCord is a writer and Twilight Times Books published his debut novel Awkward Grace in 2008. He has also written more than 500 columns for two Tennessee newspapers. McCord received his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Tech. He went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and his Doctorate in Learning & Leadership from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.