During Chattanooga State Community College Convocation on August 18, two faculty members were presented with the 2014-15 Faculty Chairs of Excellence made possible through the generosity of donors to the Chattanooga State Foundation.
Dr. Jan Keys, Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive of Erlanger Health System, presented the Erlanger Chair of Excellence in Nursing to faculty member Yolanda Green.
Green earned her Master’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama in 1983. An employee of Chattanooga State since 1988, she is an associate professor of nursing and a member of several professional organizations. Professional honors and awards include a Tennessee Board of Regents Innovations Award, Faculty Excellence, Honored Nurse and Master Presenter awards.
Keith Sanford, Market President of First Tennessee, presented the First Tennessee Chair of Excellence in Business and Information Technologies to faculty member Chris Willis.
Since 2009, Mr. Willis has served as an associate professor and program coordinator for media technology, journalism and film programs. Having earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UTC, he is currently finishing up his doctorate in education with an expected graduation date of fall 2014. Mr. Willis is a strong believer in facilitating learning experiences for students with various learning styles. His grant writing skills helped secure more than $500,000 for equipment and software used by students in the media labs.
“Investing in faculty excellence at Chattanooga State is a priority,” said Nancy Patterson, Associate Vice President of Leadership and Fund Development. “We are grateful for the partnership with and generosity of Erlanger and First Tennessee in honoring two of our outstanding educators.”