External Relations

External Relations

External Relations

From the Vice President


VP Graham


External Relations

Welcome to the Division of External Relations, where we fundraise, friend-raise, and develop and disseminate college-wide marketing and communications.

As vice president of External Relations, I lead a dedicated team that supports the College’s mission through institutional advancement, community relations and strategic communication. External Relations also is home to Saluqi Athletics.

The division is comprised of:

I invite you to bookmark this page as a virtual pathway to our offices, where we are ready to help you learn more about Southwest and the Southwest Foundation.

Thank you for visiting.

Go, Saluqis!

Cynthia Graham,
Vice President of External Relations

What we're about

Daphne J. Thomas, Associate Vice President


The Communications, Marketing and Community Relations department develops, leads and implements strategic communication for Southwest. Services include media relations, multimedia production, marketing and advertising, graphic design, website and social media management and executive and college-wide communication. The department’s mission is to drive positive enrollment trends, generate community investment and position Southwest as a college of choice and key driver for workforce development and upward social and economic mobility in the Mid-South.

Sherman Greer, Associate Vice President


The Advancement Office supports the Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation, a 501(C)3 nonprofit, through fundraising activities, grant writing, funds management and student relations. Advancement staff distribute book, tuition, and emergency scholarships that help students overcome financial challenges that threaten their ability to persist to completion. This life-changing support is possible through generous donations from alumni and community and government supporters and partners. The Foundation also provides funds that support Southwest programs, projects, scholarships and endowments that secure Southwest’s future.

Sherman Greer, Associate Vice President


Government Relations is the institution-wide hub for public policy and community initiatives. The government relations executive director serves as the College’s official liaison with local, state and federal legislative representatives and community agencies and fosters relationships with policy-makers and other constituents who support and impact the College’s mission.

Suzanne Gibson, Director


The Grants Office performs research and prepares and monitors grants that align with the College’s mission and strategic imperatives. The office develops and executes a Pursuit of Grants Plan to garner fiscal and human resources to support program development and  delivery. The office also provides grant funding awareness and oversees the administration and compliance of grant awards.

Jarrett Stephens, Athletic Director and Men's Head Basketball Coach


Saluqi Athletics is comprised of baseball, softball, women’s soccer, and men's and women’s basketball. Our sports teams are members of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association. Our student-athletes hail from Memphis to Brazil. Saluqi Athletics coaching staff is comprised of gifted mentors and athletic specialists who are dedicated to helping student-athletes reach their potential in the field of play and in the classroom. The Athletic Director oversees Saluqi Athletics under the supervision of the executive director for Government Relations.



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