Several local individuals were honored for their generous gifts to the Walters State Community College Foundation and several new officers were elected during the annual meeting of the organization’s trustees on Monday, May 12, at the college’s Sevier County Campus.
Bill and Marcia Carlyle, Dr. Steve Rippetoe, Denise Terry and the late Dr. Sam O’Dell, all of Hamblen County, were recognized with the unveiling of their portraits, which will be hung in the President’s Trust Gallery at the college’s Morristown Campus.
O’Dell was professor emeritus of history at Walters State. His wife, Nancy, and other family and friends, established the Dr. Samuel R. O’Dell Memorial Scholarship to encourage students to become U.S. history teachers in this region.
The Carlyles established the Bill and Marcia Carlyle Athletics Fund in support of men’s basketball at Walters State. Bill Carlyle has been the head men’s basketball coach at Walters State for 37 years. Marcia Carlyle served for over 40 years as an educator, most recently as principal of East Ridge Middle School.
Rippetoe, a graduate of Walters State, is a pharmacist and owner of Howard’s Pharmacy in Morristown. He has provided support for the Senators athletics program for over 26 years.
Terry is an attorney practicing with The Terry Law Firm. She and her family provided funds to establish the Charles R. Terry Endowment for Athletics in honor of her late father.
Also during the meeting, Linda Ogle of Pigeon Forge was recognized for her contributions as president of the foundation board of trustees.
New officers elected during the meeting include Glenn Thompson, a certified public accountant from Morristown, as president; Scott Reams, an attorney from Morristown, as vice president; David Hayes, a businessman from White Pine, as secretary; and Dr. Mark Hurst, vice president for college advancement at Walters State, as treasurer.
It was reported during the meeting that the foundation’s net asset fund balance is $15.9 million. It was also reported that the foundation funded over $400,000 in scholarships to 442 students, which is the largest number of students to receive scholarships in one academic year.
In the picture: Several local individuals were recognized for their gifts to the Walters State Foundation during the annual meeting of the trustees on Monday (May 12). From left are Linda Ogle, foundation president, Bill and Marcia Carlyle, Nancy O’Dell, Dr. Steve Rippetoe, Denise Terry and Dr. Wade McCamey, Walters State president.