Message from the Chair

Thank you to the board members, donors, faculty and staff who made 2016 another successful year for the Northeast State Community College Foundation. Our College has made great strides this year.

The Northeast State Foundation approved $100,000 in Title III funding for each of the next five years to assist the college with educational initiatives. These initiatives included support for alumni engagement, enhanced nurse practitioner services to the Northeast State Clinic, support Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) scholarships, and to aid students and faculty with technological support for students.

To date, the 2016 Because of You Campaign (BOYC), held in September 2016, raised more than $75,000 for scholarships and student programs. Nine participating teams, which included faculty, staff, and board members, raised more than $33,000 for designated scholarships, programs, and projects. The approved Title III funding also enabled the Foundation to increase funding for the BOYC engagement and expand matching dollars to participants to 20%.

This year the Foundation partnered to host Denim & Diamonds at Grace Meadow Farms to celebrate the opening of the Johnson City campus. Attendees enjoyed dinner, silent and live auction, and dancing. The $10,000 proceeds from event will help supplement our scholarship fund.

In May, we hosted the annual Derby event at the Foundation Event Facility in Bristol, TN. Donors dressed in their Derby best to watch the race live, while enjoying hat contests, food, music, and dancing. The increase in new attendants, increased awareness of the College in the community, while raising funding for student scholarships.

Now that TN Promise assists students directly graduating from high school, we worked with Sullivan and Washington counties to evolve our Educate & Grow program into one that helps focus on dual enrollment students.

Through our alumni efforts this year, we conducted a Golf Tournament, an Alumni Night at the Theater, and Homecoming concert as part of our 50th Anniversary celebration year. The events brought together faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community to bring more awareness of the ability of Northeast State.

The accomplishments of this year are a result of the dedication of the board, faculty, staff and donors to help students to achieve their goals. I am looking forward to 2017!

A. Lee Shillito,
Northeast State Foundation Chair, 2013-2016