Dr. Orinthia Montague Obituary: The fourth president of Volunteer State College in Gallatin, Tennessee, unexpectedly passed away, and the town is in sorrow. Dr. Orinthia Montague, who served as the renowned Vol State College’s president for three years, passed away unexpectedly.
Known affectionately as “Dr. O,” she formed the organization and oversaw its transformation to improve its members’ educational experiences. She gave her all to the students we taught and the communities we worked in.
Vice President of Student Services at Vol State, Dr. Emily Short, noted that Dr. Montague “was a true leader in every sense of the word.” She was a model of tenacity, understanding, and empathy at every level of our organization. Dr. Montague will be sadly missed by all of us. We shall continue her projects in her honor and revamp each of our campuses to become the model she had in mind.
With Dr Montague’s passing, the Tennessee Board of Regents System and the field of higher education both lost a priceless asset. She was complimented by TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings for being a capable leader who sincerely cared about the welfare of her pupils. We are sending up prayers for her husband, their kids, and the entire university.
Dr. Montague will take office as Volunteer State’s fourth president on September 1, 2021. She welcomed her third class of students at Vol State last month. At Tompkins Cortland Community College, a SUNY school with primary campuses in Dryden and Cortland and extension centers in Ithaca, Dr. Montague has experience in administration.