Northeast State Foundation celebrates successful year

The Northeast State Community College Foundation recognized a year of patron generosity and student excellence Thursday afternoon at the Foundation Board of Directors’ annual luncheon held at the 620 State building on State Street in Bristol, home of the new Northeast State at Bristol teaching site.

The College welcomed Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan to the event where he praised Northeast State and the Foundation for their commitment to students.

(from left) TBR Chancellor John Morgan, Newton Raff, & Dr. Janice Gilliam.
(from left) TBR Chancellor John Morgan, Newton Raff, & Dr. Janice Gilliam.

“Northeast State has taken the initiative to deliver educational opportunities to its service area,” said Morgan. “To educate students and provide highly skilled workers for the future, we want to provide the access so we can provide the education.”

Morgan also presented the Chancellor’s Award to Foundation member K. Newton Raff for his long dedication to Northeast State.  The award is based on criteria of generous giving of time and resources to TBR institutions and ethical leadership, philanthropy, civic responsibility, and integrity.

“It is truly humbling to receive this award,” said Raff.  “Now when someone comes to see me and they see this award, I can say, ‘Let me tell you about Northeast State.’”

TBR Chancellor John Morgan tours Northeast State at Bristol.
Chancellor Morgan tours Northeast State at Bristol.

Executive Director of the Foundation, Heather Cook, welcomed attendees to recognize the newest member of the Foundation’s President Trust and recognized one of the Foundation’s biggest supporters.  She also praised Northeast State alumnus and owner of Vision, LLC, Allen Hurley with his help establishing Northeast State at Bristol.

“Whenever you meet with Allen you are going to come out energized and ready because you know things are going to get done,” said Cook.  “We thank Allen and Chancellor Morgan for their support in establishing Northeast State at Bristol.”

Cook also recognized President’s Trust members Mountain States Health Alliance, the Northeast State Scholars Foundation, the Northeast State Honors Program, and the Johnson City Development Authority.  A President’s Trust member is recognized for making a significant monetary contribution to the College.

Northeast State at Bristol is offering classes during the summer semester beginning June 4.  The Bristol teaching site operates on the third floor of 620 State.  The facility features an ITV classroom that links to classrooms at the College’s main campus and other teaching sites.

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