Pellissippi State Foundation selects new executive director

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Aneisa McDonald
Aneisa McDonald

The Pellissippi State Foundation has a new executive director to lead its fundraising efforts. Aneisa McDonald, an experienced local fundraising professional, began her tenure as executive director this month.

“This feels like the greatest professional achievement of my career,” McDonald said. “I’m honored to serve. I walk through these doors every morning and see the needs of Pellissippi State’s students, and I look forward to working with our Foundation board and staff members to fulfill those needs through the gifts of our very generous donors.”

McDonald, previously the director of planned and annual giving for the Foundation, succeeds Peggy Wilson, who retired in December after 33 years at Pellissippi State. The Pellissippi State Foundation works to provide funding for student scholarships and emergency loans, facility improvements and new equipment at Pellissippi State Community College.

“When the Foundation can match a donor who wishes to give with a student who needs a scholarship or an academic program that needs new equipment, everybody wins,” McDonald said.

“Last week, the Foundation was able to give a scholarship to a student who had lost everything they owned in a fire and still retained a 4.0 GPA. That scholarship doesn’t replace what that student lost, but it can keep him on the path toward completing his dream.”

Before coming to work for the Pellissippi State Foundation in 2014, McDonald worked for Knox County Schools, the Metropolitan Drug Commission and the Arts Council of Greater Knoxville. She received her Master of Science in Education from the University of Tennessee.

She is a Tennessee Promise mentor and supports numerous organizations, including Introduction Knoxville, the Knoxville Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and the Emma Walker Memorial Fund.

For more information about the Pellissippi State Foundation, visit or call 865-694-6528.

Pellissippi State Announcements: Smith, Townsend exhibit work at ‘Views of the Big Nothing’



Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to “Views of the Big Nothing,” a free art exhibit at the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Jan. 17 to Feb. 3. “Views of the Big Nothing” features painted works by Brandon Smith joined by physical ropes and metaphorical sculptural works by Travis Townsend. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. The exhibit is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State, a series of cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations and the fine arts. Visit To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or

Pellissippi State non-credit courses open in January

Pellissippi State Community College offers non-credit courses that are perfect for those New Years’ resolutions or just beating the winter blues.

All classes are held on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, unless otherwise specified. Register at

  • The Mind of the Mountaineer — Tuesdays, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Feb. 28-April 11. Part of the “Our Appalachia” series, this course studies Appalachia following the Revolutionary War, particularly the Scots-Irish influence on American politics, religion and literature. Cost is $89 plus $15 materials fee. Taught at Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.
  • Savvy Social Security & Life Planning Strategies for Women — 6-7:30 p.m., Feb. 6. Learn about spousal benefits, coordinating benefits, marital status changes and planning for long life. Cost is $29. Taught at Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.
  • Traditional Mixed Martial Arts — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., Jan. 17-May 4. Learn Isshinryu Karate, Jiu Jitsu, weapons and self-defense. Suitable for any skill level and any age. Cost is $300.
  • Home Comfort: Using Natural Remedies — Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., Jan. 18-Feb. 22. Learn to make teas, tonics and tinctures as homemade remedies to common discomforts. Instructor is a certified herbalist. Cost is $95.
  • Strength and Tone for Fitness — Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m., Jan. 24-April 18. Strengthen and tone your body by using bands, bars, free weights and machines. Cost is $109.
  • Ballroom Dancing, Level I — Mondays, 6:45-7:30 p.m., Jan. 30-March 13. Learn the basic dance steps for popular dances such as swing, tango, salsa, waltz and more. Cost is $85 per person or $100 per couple. Taught at Dance Tonight, 9119 Executive Park Drive.
  • Ballroom Dancing, Level II — Tuesdays, 6:45-7:30 p.m., Jan. 31-March 14. Go beyond basics: get tips on footwork, arm styling and floor craft. Cost is $85 per person or $100 per couple. Taught at Dance Tonight, 9119 Executive Park Drive.

To request accommodations for a disability for these courses, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or For more information about non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-539-7167.

Pellissippi State generates $263 million annual economic impact

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Over the past five years, Pellissippi State Community College has pumped an average of $263 million per year into the local economy.

From 2011-2016, that amounts to about $1.3 billion in economic impact, or the value of business volume, jobs and individual income in Knox and Blount counties that’s tied to Pellissippi State.

“Pellissippi State’s economic impact in our community is important, but we at the college consider it of greater import that we work to change the lives of everyone who comes through our doors,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “Our most significant impact comes from graduates who pursue their dreams and, in turn, give back to our community.”

Of the college’s $1.3 billion in total impact, the majority — $1.05 billion — can be attributed to the infusion of new, non-local revenues.

“This impact would likely not have occurred without the presence of Pellissippi State in the area,” said educational consultant Fred H. Martin, who conducted the study.

Every single dollar of local revenue that comes into Pellissippi State generates an estimated annual return on investment of at least $6.51, comprised of $3.16 in local business volume, plus at least $3.35 in individual income.

The report also studied what a degree from Pellissippi State might mean for a student. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, associate degree graduates can expect to earn about $470,800 more over their work lifetime than if they only had a high school diploma. For Pellissippi State’s 1,429 graduates in academic year 2015-2016, this means an additional $673 million in lifetime earnings and $2.7 million in additional annual tax payments, which benefit the economy.

Pellissippi State’s business volume impact in the community amounted to about $640 million from 2011-2016. Of that total, $504 million came from non-local revenues such as state appropriations, grants, contracts and federal student financial aid revenues.

Over the five-year period, Pellissippi State’s expenditures created and sustained an estimated 43,855 jobs. More than 34,000 of those were created by external or new funds. The College itself employed 2,734 full-time employees from 2011-2016.

The total impact of Pellissippi State’s expenditures on personal income in the area amounts to about $678 million over the past five years, including $547 million from new or external funds.

The complete 29th annual analysis of Pellissippi State’s economic impact in Knox and Blount counties can be accessed at under “Fact Books and Data Reports.” For more information, visit or call 865-694-6400.

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