Paul Montgomery to join Northeast State to serve as Johnson City-based VP

Former member of the Tennessee Board of Regents Paul Montgomery will join Northeast State Community College as its new Vice President of Access and Development.

Montgomery, who recently retired from Eastman Chemical Company as its Vice President of Community Relations and Corporate Services, will also serve as the administrative liaison for the Johnson City, Gray/Washington County teaching sites.

“We are preparing to break ground in the spring of 2015 on our Emerging Technologies Complex on the Blountville Campus and crews are renovating Northeast State’s new Johnson City campus, due to open in late spring 2015. As we continue to grow, particularly in Washington County, it is important that we have an executive level administrator to lead these campuses given the huge potential and large population base in this county,” said Dr. Janice Gilliam, Northeast State President.

Montgomery will lead Access and Diversity planning, assist the President with annual and capital campaigns, and provide administrative leadership for the Washington County teaching sites.

“I am excited about this new direction in my career. As a member of the Northeast State Foundation and the Tennessee Board of Regents, I discovered a great community at Northeast State, and I developed a passion for working with its students, faculty and staff,” said Montgomery.

Montgomery spent 22 years at Eastman. Prior to his most recent position, he was Eastman’s Vice President of Talent Management where he was responsible for the company’s global learning, staffing, workforce planning, leadership, and business development.

Born in Glade Springs, Virginia, Paul graduated from King College in 1974 with a BA in History and from King University in 2007 with an MBA. Before joining Eastman, he served as production supervisor and later as manager of production planning at Texas Instruments. Prior to joining Texas Instruments, he worked for Arcata Graphics and the Kingsport Press.

Montgomery served as a member of the Kingsport Regional Planning Commission, as president of the Kingsport Board of Education, as president of the Kingsport Branch of the NAACP, as president of the South Kingsport Optimist Club, as a Paul Harris Fellow and past president of the Kingsport Rotary Club, as president of the Kingsport Chamber, and as chairman of the Tri-Cities All America City Partnership. In addition, he served on the East Tennessee State University Foundation.

Montgomery will begin his duties on October 1.


TN Promise Sign-Up Saturday set for Sept. 20

Northeast State will open campus on Saturday, Sept. 20, for area high school seniors to sign up for Tennessee Promise and fill out their college applications as part of a statewide Scholarship Saturday.

Students can come to Scholarship Sign-Up Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the William W. Locke Humanities Complex on the College’s campus in Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport and at the College’s campus in Elizabethton, Highway 91N. During Scholarship Saturday, students can sign up for Tennessee Promise online. Free refreshments will be available. There is no fee for any student completing his or her college application at the event. To reserve your spot for this event, call 423.323.0243 or 423.354.5263.

Scholarship Saturday is designed to encourage students to enroll in Tennessee Promise, the state’s new program that provides two years of community college or technical school tuition-free for any student graduating from a Tennessee high school beginning in 2015. The Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship for tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship or TSAA funds.

“Tennessee Promise is a wonderful opportunity for students to continue their education at Northeast State tuition free after high school,” said Jennifer Starling, dean of Enrollment Management at Northeast State. “We want to make signing up for the Promise and applying for college an easy process for students. Even if students currently plan to enroll at a 4-year institution, they should take the opportunity to sign up for the Tennessee Promise as a back-up option. Northeast State has articulation agreements with all area 4-year institutions, so beginning here tuition free just makes sense.”

Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program. The Class of 2015 will be the first eligible to take advantage of the program, which is part of the Drive to 55 initiative to increase the number of Tennesseans with some form of post-secondary credential.

Tennessee Promise Director Mike Krause said he hoped many Tennessee students would attend the event nearest them.

“The Nov. 1 deadline to register for Tennessee Promise will be here soon, so we encourage students to sign up early,” Krause said. “The Scholarship Saturday event is a great opportunity for students to sign up at tnpromise.gov and enjoy getting a look at their possible future campus.”


Northeast State's Got Talent to hold auditions Sept. 15, 16, 18

Northeast State's Music and Choral Program will hold preliminary auditions Sept. 15, 16, and 18 for its Northeast State's Got Talent show. The event is part of the College's annual Because of You Campaign to raise scholarship funds.

The auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (WRCPA), 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. A non-refundable registration fee of $10 is required for individuals and $25 for groups. The show welcomes entrants from the community as well as Northeast State's faculty, staff, and students.

The winners of the auditions will advance to the final talent show on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the WRCPA. Prizes will be awarded for the top three winners. First place will receive $150, second place will receive $75, and third place will take home $50.

Admission to the show is $2 for students and $8 for adults. All proceeds benefit the program's Performing Arts Annual Scholarship.

For more information, contact Tawana Teague at 423.354.5164 or tcteague@northeaststate.edu.


Open auditions for I, Ebenezer set for Sept. 10-11

The Northeast State Community College Department of Theatre announces open auditions for the fall production of I, Ebenezer, a retelling of Ebenezer Scrooge’s Christmas nightmare. Written by Northeast State’s Brad McKenzie and based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the play will tell a time-traveling Christmas tale in the age of steam…and robots!

Performers are invited to two open auditions scheduled Sept. 10 and 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (WRCPA) on the College’s main campus at Blountville. Auditions are open to all students, faculty, and community members.

Performers are asked to gather in the lobby of the WRCPA Theatre. Performers are asked to be familiar with the story and prepare a one-minute monologue. Sides from the play will be provided. Callbacks will be made Sept. 12. A list of performers invited to callbacks will be posted at the Theatre website.

Production dates are Dec. 4 through Dec. 14 with six evening performances and two afternoon matinée shows scheduled. For more information, contact Northeast State Theatre at 423.354.2479 or e-mail emsloan@NortheastState.edu.