Dr. Michael Torrence
Motlow State Community College
Dr. Michael Torrence is the president of Motlow State Community College. The college has campuses in Smyrna, Sparta, Tullahoma, McMinnville and Fayetteville, Tennessee. He has spent his career embracing the use of technological literacy as a platform to increase student access, engagement and success. He has served as the Co-Chairperson for TNeCampus, a Tennessee Board of Regents statewide team leader for the integration of Emerging Technology and Mobilization in the areas of Gaming, VR, AR, and MR into teaching and learning. He has trained faculty, students, executives, and community members and developed immersive curriculum focused on STEAMB (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Aviation, Mathematics, and Business focused on Entrepreneurship) for all grade levels and utilized these platforms teaching undergraduate and graduate students in his own classes where VR and entrepreneurship is a norm. Currently, he is researching and developing a platform for OER through support of Hewlett-Packard and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in addition to meeting workforce needs through traditional and emerging needs, such as, AI, and Voice Technology, Mechatronics, Allied Health, Vision System, and the Automation Robotics Training Center. He earned a doctor of philosophy degree, with a major in exceptional learning, at Tennessee Tech University, and master of arts and bachelor of arts degrees at South Dakota State University, both with a major in English. Michael is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving as a senior airman from 1992 to 1996.