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About Us

The Pellissippi State Foundation was chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1982, and the Foundation gained tax-exempt status as a 501(c)3 in 1983. A Board of Trustees — volunteer representatives from local industry, community leaders and donors — governs the Foundation.


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Board of Trustees

The Pellissippi State Foundation’s Board of Trustees comprises volunteers from local industry, community leaders and donors. The Board meets four times each year. Board committees meet an average of four times per year. The Executive Committee meets before every meeting of the full Board of Trustees.

All Board of Trustee meetings begin at 7:45 a.m. and are held in the Cafeteria Annex of the Goins Administration Building of the College’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

March 20, 2018
June 12, 2018


2017-18 Board of Trustees Officers

Chair of the Board
Andrew Lorenz

Vice-Chair of the Board
Chuck Griffin

Charles W. (Wes) Carruthers, Jr.

Rick Rushing

Bryan Harper

Membership Committee Chair
Heather Overton

Finance Committee Chair
Rick Rushing

Development Committee Chair
Sherri Gardner Howell

President of the College
L. Anthony Wise, Jr.

Past Chair of the Board
Tom Ballard

Board Members

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Thomas B. Ballard

Chief Alliance Officer
Innovation & Entrepreneurial Initiatives
Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C.

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Joy Bishop

Bishop Property Management

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John M. Blum

Operations Vice President
Messer Construction Company

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Charles W. (Wes) Carruthers, Jr.

Vice President
Downey Oil Company/KenJo Markets

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David A. Clothier

Pilot Travel Centers LLC

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Carl Esposito

The Daily Times

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Chuck Griffin

BarberMcMurry Architects

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Sharon Yvonne Hannum


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Bryan L. Harper

Senior Vice President
Regions Bank

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Jonathan Hayes

Vice President - Business Development
Head Investment Partners

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Sherri Gardner Howell


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Joseph L. Johnson

A&W Office Supply

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Hercules P. Ligdis

Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending
Southeast Bank

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Andrew Lorenz

Vice President
Provision Health Partners

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Bobby Malone

Community Leader

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Peggy McCord

Community Leader

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Todd Moody

Hagood & Moody, PLLC

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Heather Overton

Business Development
Johnson Architecture, Inc.

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Lezah Pinnell

Community Leader

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Rick Rushing

Senior Vice President and Manager
Commercial Banking Department
First Tennessee Bank

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Lisa Hood Skinner

Director of Development
Sertoma Center

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Melissa Tindell

Director of Communications
Christian Academy of Knoxville

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Dennis R. Upton

Vice President, Procurement
Knoxville Utilities Board

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Harley (Andy) White

Vice President

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L. Anthony Wise, Jr.

Pellissippi State Community College