Tim Spires To Speak At Cleveland State's Commencement Ceremony

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tim Spires
Tim Spires
Approximately 500 students of Cleveland State’s class of 2014 will walk across the stage to receive their degrees and certificates during the 47th Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m. in the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium.

The commencement speaker will be Tim Spires, who is the President and CEO of the Tennessee Association of Manufacturers and the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a MBA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  

He is a Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) and serves as a Board Member with the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals representing Region 4 consisting of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. He also serves on the NAWDP Executive Committee and is the chair of the Professional Development committee.

He has been a strong advocate for workforce development and education, and was a key member of the team that organized the STEM High School and STEM Innovation Hub in Southeast Tennessee and serves on their Leadership Council. Spires also serves as the Co-Chair of the Pathways to Prosperity Initiative in Southeast Tennessee.  Through his work with the Manufacturers Association he serves as the state lead for the National Association of Manufacturers - Manufacturers Skill Certification System.

He currently serves on the faculty of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, College of Business Administration. His field is Leadership Development and also works one-on-one with executives and physicians working on their MBA.  He has also worked as a part-time faculty member at Lee University teaching Business Ethics and Business Communications. 

Mr. Spires serves on and has been the CVO of several Boards of non-profit organizations including the YMCA, Boy Scouts of America and Rotary.  He also serves as an Advisory Board Member of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, College of Engineering and Computer Science; an Advisory Board Member of the Engineering Technology Department of Chattanooga State; the Business Advisory Council of Lee University and is a member of the Workforce Investment Board of the SE Tennessee Development District.



Students At E.L. Ross Elementary Earn Imagine Learning “Beacon School” Award

Leading EdTech company Imagine Learning announced E.L. Ross Elementary School in Cleveland as one of their distinguished “Beacon School” award winners. "Students at E.L. Ross worked hard all school year on the Imagine Language & Literacy program, completing lessons and reaching individualized academic goals," officials said. The Beacon School award was earned by less ... (click for more)

Adult Education Moving To Chattanooga State On July 2

The TCAT Athens Adult Education program in Hamilton County will be moving the James A. Henry office to the main campus of Chattanooga State Community College on Amnicola Highway. Adult Education offices and classrooms will be located on the second floor of the Center for Business, Industry and Health (CBIH) building. “Adult Education provides critical educational opportunities ... (click for more)

2 Chattanoogans Were Among 3 People Killed In Collision With Train In McMinn County

Two Chattanoogans were among three people killed when a car was struck by a train in McMinn County on Thursday afternoon. The Ford Fusion that was hit was driven by Wendy M. Humphreys, 45, of Chattanooga. She was not wearing a seat belt. Johnny M. Ashworth, 46, of Chattanooga was one of the passengers. Jasmine Ashworth was also in the car. She and Johnny Ashworth had on ... (click for more)

CARTA Set To Launch One Of Nation's 1st Full-Size All-Electric Transit Buses

ARTA has taken delivery on one of the nation's first full-size all-electric transit buses. Officials said the bus may be ready for the road in about two weeks after some final touchups, including adding a radio. Only one other city - in Washington state - has this type bus on the road. Chattanooga will be the first in the country with three of the models. Two others are ... (click for more)

The Boss, Claude Ramsey

I try not to overuse the word great, but we lost a great man today, Claude Ramsey. I had the pleasure of serving under him as director of Commercial and Industrial Properties for 14 years while he was the Hamilton County Assessor of Property. He was probably the smartest person I have ever known. He was tough but patient, kind, caring and compassionate. He knew how to get ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Not A Blessed One

When I read, to no great surprise, that 132 of Chattanooga’s “leaders” had signed a letter in support of “socioeconomic integration” in Thursday’s Times Free Press, there were two things that were immediately obvious to me: Not a blessed one would have (a) written such a letter on their personal stationery, and (b) not a blessed one would have ever voted for the current president ... (click for more)