Arliss Roaden, former THEC executive director, dies aged 85

Arliss L. Roaden, who served as president of Tennessee Technological University from 1974 until 1985 and then almost a decade as executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, has died at age 85, according to the Cookeville Herald-Citizen.

At THEC, Roaden was initially appointed by then-Gov. Lamar Alexander and continued with Ned McWherter as governor.

The official obituary is HERE.

Excerpt from the Herald-Citizen:

Arliss was a member of Woodmont Baptist Church (in Nashville) for 30 years where he served as moderator and deacon and found great joy in singing in the choir and teaching Sunday school most of his life. Dr. Roaden enjoyed a distinguished career in education. He served as the executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, president of Tennessee Technological University, and dean of the graduate school and vice provost for Research at The Ohio State University. He was past chairman of the Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation and served on the board of trustees of Bryan College and the board of trustees of the National Center for Youth Issues. He also served as vice president of NCAA for Division I schools.

Beyond his work as an educator, Dr. Roaden has authored, and co-authored five books and numerous professional research articles. His passion for supporting youth led to his work with the Middle Tennessee Council of Boy Scouts of America and STARS, a school-based program that addresses youth problems of drugs, alcohol, and bullying.

He received the Resolution of Commendation from the Tennessee Legislature and the Centennial Medallion from The Ohio State University for Outstanding Faculty and Alumni. He also received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Cumberland University in Kentucky. The Roaden University Center at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville was named in his honor and the Ohio Valley of Athletic Conference inducted him into its Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Mary Etta Mitchell Roaden; daughter, Janice Skelton (John) of Columbus, Ohio; sister, Reba Moore (Herman) of Corbin, Ky.; four grandchildren, Michelle Muse (Steven), David Skelton (Amanda), Mindy Scibilia (Marc), Karen Bailey (Nick); and three great-grandchildren, Andrew Hagen, and Alexis and Emily Muse.

…Visiting hours will be from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, with a celebration of life service to follow at 2 p.m. Visiting hours and celebration will both be held at Woodmont Baptist Church, 2100 Woodmont Blvd., Nashville, TN, 37215.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Arliss and Mary Etta Roaden Scholarship Fund, University Development, Tennessee Technological University, Campus Box 5047, 1000 N Dixie, Ave., Cookeville, TN, 38501-9921.