Shillito named chairman of Northeast State Foundation board

The board of directors for the Northeast State Community College Foundation has named A. Lee Shillito as its new chairman.  Shillito was nominated and confirmed at the Foundation board’s meeting held earlier this month.

“We’ve had some great leadership for the Foundation, and I look forward to working with everyone on the board,” said Shillito, of Bristol.

Lee Shillito is the new chairman of the Northeast State Foundation board of directors.

A native of western North Carolina, Shillito launched Triad Packaging, Inc., in 1984.  As president and chief executive officer, he oversaw the company’s growth from one facility and three employees to 50 employees and 300 regular customers. Triad also operates a facility in Gastonia, N.C.

Shillito was named a member of the College’s President’s Trust in 2008.  He succeeds former Nuclear Fuels Services President Dwight Ferguson who had served as board chairman since 2010.

“Lee is a truly dedicated servant to this community,” said Ferguson. “I am so proud that he is our incoming chairman.”

Active in numerous civic organizations and professionals boards, he has previously served as chairman of the Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce and president of the Bristol Rotary Club.  He founded Believe in Bristol, served as board chairman of The Paramount Theater’s Foundation, and is past chairman of the Tri-Cities TN/VA Economic Development Alliance.  He currently serves on the administrative boards for the Bristol Salvation Army and Bristol Train Station Foundation.

Shillito officially took the helm as chairman on July 1.

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