Dr. Kenyatta Lovett serves as the Executive Director of Complete Tennessee, where he is responsible for developing and executing the strategic vision to augment Tennessee’s goal to significantly increase postsecondary attainment by 2025. He also leads Complete Tennessee’s research initiatives to better inform higher education policy and practice in Tennessee.
Most recently, Dr. Lovett served as an assistant vice chancellor at the Tennessee Board of Regents. Dr. Lovett led statewide initiatives to enhance Tennessee’s community college system and played a critical role in the implementation of statewide higher education reforms, including the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010 and Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative. The Tennessean recognized Dr. Lovett as one of five key people integral to the successful launch of the Tennessee Promise, the state’s initiative to cover tuition for high school graduates attending a community college.
Prior to joining the Tennessee Board of Regents, Dr. Lovett spent nearly a decade working at Volunteer State Community College, where he served in a variety of demanding roles, including director of public relations and, ultimately, chief of staff for the institution’s president.
A longtime advocate for enhancing post-secondary access and success, Dr. Lovett has been involved with several initiatives in support of college attainment. He served on the Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support advisory board for early high school remediation, as well as other programs designed to boost the academic performance of adult students, foster care students, and underserved populations.
Dr. Lovett is also an adjunct professor at Tennessee State University in the Department of Public Service, teaching courses in public finance and organizational leadership. Additionally, Dr. Lovett has been a columnist for the Public Administration Times, contributed to a recent book on the history of community colleges, and published an entry on higher education in the Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance.
Dr. Lovett holds a B.F.A. in graphic design from Howard University, an M.B.A. in supply-chain management from Tennessee State University, and a Ph.D. in public administration from Tennessee State University. He and his wife Tracey have two daughters, Kiersten and Kennedy.