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.
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.”
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.
“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.
“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.”