Tricoli brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Hiwassee in the areas of strategic planning, institutional alignment, civic engagement, community outreach and business planning. She has nearly three decades of experience in providing service and leadership in the creation of organizational and strategic plans for higher education and government entities both in the U.S. and abroad.
Her latest academic appointment was at the University of Georgia, where she served as associate provost for institutional strategic planning. There she assisted with developing plans for the campus as a whole as well as for individual colleges (i.e. the colleges of Public Health, Ecology and the Graduate School). Tricoli also worked with several international governments on the development of strategic plans, including work on a State Department grant to assist the minister of education in Tunisia.
Prior to her position at UGA, Tricoli worked with the president of Fresno State University, in California, on the development of a comprehensive strategic plan while also co-chairing a task force to develop the institution’s first emergency and disaster business continuity plan. Briefly, she led the Maddy Institute of Public Policy.
At Northern Kentucky University, she served both as a member of the Board of Regents and as a senior level administrator.
Earlier in her career, Tricoli taught undergraduate and doctoral students at the University of Kentucky. Prior to her work in higher education, she served as executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Women. She was elected and served three terms on the national board for the National Association of the Commission on Women.
Tricoli earned her undergraduate degree from Northern Kentucky, her master’s at the University of Cincinnati, and her doctorate at UK. She has completed post-doctoral work at Harvard University. Her expertise and training in organizational development and strategic planning in higher education will be critical in securing the future of Hiwassee College.
“I am very energized by the opportunity to work with our board, faculty, staff, and administrators to move Hiwassee College forward,” Tricoli stated. “I look forward to reaching out and meeting our alumni, friends in the community, and prospective students as we prepare for next fall and following semesters.”
Tricoli was set to begins her tenure at the college this week. She is married to Dr. Anthony Tricoli, who serves as president of Georgia Perimeter College, located in Atlanta. Her son, Chase C. Crigler, is 27 years old and lives in Kentucky. The Tricolis said they are looking forward to getting to know Madisonville and the Volunteer State over the coming years.