College supporters turned out recently to wish Volunteer State Community College president, Jerry Faulkner, a good retirement. Faulkner has served as Vol State president for more than nine years. The event was held at the Lighthouse Center in Hendersonville. A portrait of Faulkner was unveiled. It was painted by Memphis artist Glenda Shaw Brown and will hang in the Ramer Great Hall on the Vol State Gallatin campus.
Another highlight of the evening was the announcement of an award from the Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). “Dr. Jerry and Wanda Faulkner mean the world to Volunteer State Community College,” said Cris Perkins, assistant vice chancellor for Strategic Advancement with TBR. “It’s my honor to present them with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.”
The Vol State College Foundation Board of Trustees surprised the Faulkners with a $21,231 endowment in their name. “This has been the nine most rewarding years of my life,” Faulkner said, addressing the crowd. “Thank you for this very special evening.”
Faulkner’s last day at the college will be August 31. He and Wanda plan a move to East Tennessee. Anyone interested in contributing to the endowment in Dr. Jerry and Wanda Faulkner’s name can visit www.volstate.edu/foundation
Above: The Vol State College Foundation Board of Trustees presented the Faulkners with a $21,231 endowment in their name. Pictured left to right: Shirley Arrendale, Lori Johnson, Grace Tomkins, Bill Nichols, Susan High-McAuley, Kee Bryant-McCormick, Karen Mitchell, Phillip Bennett, Gina Scott, David Gregory, L.K. Lannom, Daisy Casey, Jo Ann Graves, Steve Parker, Wanda Faulkner, and Jerry Faulkner.
Wanda Faulkner and Jerry Faulkner pose with his portrait, painted by Glenda Shaw Brown (right).