Message from the Chair

Northeast State Foundation ChairFirst and foremost, thank you to the Board Members, Donors, Students, Faculty and Staff who made the 2017-2018 another successful year for the Northeast State Community College Foundation. 

I had the privilege of becoming Chair of the Northeast State Foundation on July 1, 2018. Prior to that, my friends Lee Shillito and Allen Hurley (along with many other dedicated individuals) donated many years of service as Chairs of the Foundation. Under their leadership, our endowment has grown to the third largest community college foundation in Tennessee. The growth of our Foundation under their leadership has allowed us to establish initiatives which have increased the grants and funding we provide for our college’s programs, facilities, clubs and scholarships. 

With such a solid Foundation in place, I am excited about the possibilities that await our students in the current academic year and the years to come. With Tennessee Promise, a state program that provides tuition for our students who immediately graduate from high school, and Tennessee Reconnect, which will provide tuition assistance for certain nontraditional students beginning in fall 2018, we have new and exciting avenues for financial assistance within our state. Even with these wonderful programs, it is important to remember there is a difference between the cost of tuition and the actual cost of education (attendance). Tuition is a great start but we can do more. Many of our students struggle with the burden of room and board, books, transportation, electronic equipment, child care and many other expenses that go along with pursuing a college education. The Foundation will continue to serve as a mechanism to help fill in the education funding gaps for those students, as well as for students who may not qualify for either program. This is why the role of our Foundation remains crucial, and we appreciate your commitment and support! 

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. Northeast State Community College has the slogan “We’re here to get you there” and as the Chair of the Foundation I am extremely proud of the role the Foundation plays in that journey. 

I am looking forward to 2018-2019! 


Peter Raber,
Northeast State Foundation Chair, 2018-2019