KINGSPORT - Top donors from the private sector were honored by East Tennessee State University for generous contributions to the ETSU Foundation during the Distinguished President‘s Trust (DPT) dinner at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center Friday evening (Jan. 27).
The Distinguished President‘s Trust consists of more than 920 contributors whose cumulative giving has surpassed the $10,000 level to the ETSU Foundation. The DPT welcomed 54 new members at the dinner.
"This evening allows the university to offer our thanks and gratitude to our leading supporters on behalf of our students, faculty and staff who reap the benefits from your generosity," ETSU President Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. told the gathering. "The Distinguished President‘s Trust members enable ETSU to achieve even higher levels than we would be able to accomplish within the limits of state and federal dollars alone."
Many of the donors are permanently recognized on the President‘s Society Wall of Honor located on the main ETSU campus in Johnson City. The second floor of Burgin E. Dossett Hall features engraved portraits of President‘s Society members whose significant lifelong contributions to the ETSU Foundation exceed $50,000. Stanton said this esteemed group and the DPT membership have cumulatively given more than $146 million to the university, including deferred gifts.
Noted Tim P. Jones, chairman of the board of the ETSU Foundation, "On behalf of the members of the ETSU Foundation, it is truly an honor to recognize these donors on the Foundation‘s Wall of Honor for the President‘s Society. These individuals, businesses and other organizations have generously invested in the people and programs of the university. They know the quality educational experience that ETSU provides in so many academic areas, and the many other cultural and economic benefits ETSU gives to our region and its people.
"I am grateful to these and all donors, and encourage others to join the ETSU Foundation President‘s Society Wall of Honor in the days and years ahead to build an even better university."
The Platinum Society honors donors whose cumulative contributions total $1 million to $5 million. The new Platinum III member, up from Platinum II, is Eastman Chemical Co., Kingsport. Moving up from Platinum I to Platinum II are Scott M. Niswonger, Greeneville, and James J. and Sandra G. Powell, Limestone. New Platinum I members are J. Rolland and Sharon S. Boles, Gray, and Wellmont Health System, Kingsport.
With cumulative contributions of $500,000 to $1 million, the new Gold Society members are Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee Health Foundation, Chattanooga; Wilhelm "Bill" Herzog, Church Hill; the City of Johnson City; the estates of J. Louis and Jane D. Hilbert, Johnson City; the Johnson City Power Board; and Lillian and the late George Yount, Rogersville.
New Silver Society members, with cumulative contributions of $100,000 to $500,000, are Sullivan County, Blountville; C.M. "Bill" Gatton, and King Pharmaceuticals, Bristol; Citadel Broadcasting Co., Gray; Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Greeneville; Jim Allen, BB&T, Mitch and Barbara Cox, and State of Franklin Savings Bank, all of Johnson City; the estate of Fred D. Brumit, and Washington County, Jonesborough; Bank of Tennessee, Eastman Credit Union, Mac‘s Medicine Mart, and Donald and Sue Raber, all of Kingsport; Home Federal Bank of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Crescent Center Drugs, Morristown.
The Bronze Society recognizes donors with cumulative contributions of $50,000 to $100,000. New members are Lynn Brown and Dr. Joellen Edwards, Elizabethton; the Beulah Snyder Rose Foundation, Erwin; Dr. Benjamin D. Caton III, the Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington County Economic Development Board, Dr. Flora C. and Henry Joy, Jim Kalogeros, Dr. David K. Kalwinsky, Dennis and Mary Powell, Thomas Construction Co. Inc., and In Memory of John D. and Sara Goodin, all of Johnson City; Dr. J. Scott Gentry, Dr. and Mrs. James W. Gibson, and Charles and Martha Montgomery, all of Jonesborough; and Marion Bankus, Houston.
"This year‘s honorees for the ETSU Foundation Wall of Honor continue the outstanding legacy of leadership that provides the ‘margin of excellence‘ for private support," said Dr. Richard A. Manahan, vice president for University Advancement and president of the ETSU Foundation. "Their generous support assures a promising future for quality education at ETSU. And, as the ultimate beneficiaries of this generosity, the university‘s students, faculty and staff are most grateful for this stellar record of giving.