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.

Northeast State Foundation celebrates successful year

The Northeast State Foundation recognized a year of patron generosity and student excellence at the Foundation Board of Directors’ annual luncheon held earlier this month at the Banq building in downtown Kingsport.

Executive Director of the Foundation, Heather Cook, welcomed attendees to recognize the newest member of the Foundation’s President Trust and one of the Foundation’s biggest supporters.

Foundation Executive Director Heather Cook

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan attended the luncheon and presented the Chancellor’s Award to Foundation member and Northeast State alumnus Allen Hurley for his generosity to his alma mater.  Hurley founded the Touchstone Wireless company after earning his associate degree at Northeast State.

“We do everything we do because we are so inspired at what happens here at the College,” said Hurley, ’93.  “From the time I graduated until today, the same kind of heartbeat is there – the staff really does care and they inspire us to go the extra mile.”

TBR Chancellor John Morgan (left) presents Allen Hurley with the Chancellor’s Award for his support of the Foundation.

Cook updated the board of the past’s year including the Because of You campaign that raised more than $50,000 for student scholarships.  The campaign also increased faculty participation in scholarship funding to 86 percent.

Cook also welcomed J. Louie Greene as the newest member of the Foundation’s President’s Trust.  A President’s Trust member makes a significant contribution to the College.  Cook noted that after Greene retired after a long career at Citizens Bank he contacted her to learn more about the College and how he could contribute.

Welcoming Louie Greene into the President’s Trust.

“He has been very successful, and he wanted to provide that opportunity to others,” said Cook.

The Foundation board also recognized recent graduate Brittany Thomas who racked up numerous national academic awards as a Northeast State student.  Thomas became only one of 20 students selected nationally to the All-USA Community College Academic Team.  She was also recognized as a New Century Scholar and served as president of the College’s Alpha Iota Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

The Foundation enjoyed a strong year helping students.

“Northeast State has been my foundation for success for the past three years,” said Thomas.  “Like Northeast State says, ‘we’re here to get you there’, that’s exactly what they’ve done for me – they have helped me get to ETSU, receive the Honors Midway Scholarship, and I want them to know they’ve played a part in accomplishing my dreams one day.”

SunTrust gifts $10,000 to Northeast State Foundation

A generous donation by SunTrust Bank to the Northeast State Foundation expands scholarship opportunities for students.

The new gift of $10,000 adds to the existing SunTrust Bank Endowed Scholarship.  SunTrust regional president Jerome Julian and Phil Kellar presented the gift to Northeast State officials earlier this month.

SunTrust Bank expands their endowed scholarship at Northeast State with a gift of $10,000.

“SunTrust Bank has been a longstanding, generous donor to Northeast State, and we truly appreciate Jerome Julian’s effort in securing these additional dollars for scholarship students,” said Heather Cook, executive director of the Foundation. “It is always rewarding when others see the potential in our students as well as the importance in educating our region.”

The new endowment was made possible through the SunTrust grants program.  SunTrust also donated a mural that will be displayed in College’s new downtown Johnson City teaching site.  The mural will be unveiled when the Johnson City teaching site opens. SunTrust operates more than 1,600 institution branches primarily located in Southeast and Mid-Atlantic markets.

The Northeast State Foundation administers academic scholarships, provides community service, and directs other programs offered by the College. The Foundation administers more than 100 Northeast State-based scholarships and others such as the Academic Work Scholarship.