Motlow State has meant a tremendous amount to my family and me over the years. My wife, brother, daughter, father, father-in-law, and mother-in-law, as well as myself, are all part of the Motlow student success story.
I knew I wanted to stay close to home to begin my college career. Although my parents would have sent me wherever I wanted to go to college, I was not ready to be away from home. I attended Motlow from 1988-90, serving as Student Government Association (SGA) President and freshman class President. I knew I would receive a top-notch education at Motlow, but what I didn’t realize was that Motlow was going to allow me to continue developing my leadership skills and opportunities for many years to come. I formed lasting relationships with faculty, staff, and students that are still part of my life.
I have served on the Motlow Foundation since 2006 and had the opportunity to serve as Foundation Chairman for two years. I continue to make Motlow a priority in my life. As a family, we attend many Motlow activities. My wife, Lori, has two Motlow degrees including being a Registered Nurse with the Tullahoma City School system. We participate in many events on campus and support the college whenever needed.
I think the thing that impressed me the most about Motlow from day one was the caring attitude of the faculty and staff. Many of them went above and beyond the call of duty. To this day, I still stay in contact with some of them. They followed up with me as I pursued my undergraduate and graduate degrees at Middle Tennessee State University. They taught me more than subject matter, showing me that “caring” was a part of education. They wanted me to succeed in LIFE, not just the classroom.
Motlow means so much to our area. We have been blessed with a robust presidential leadership team over the years and now, Motlow is one of the fastest-growing colleges in the country. Motlow provides so much to Tennessee through employment, economic impact, cultural enrichment, and education. With continued support, I look for Motlow to continue to grow and have a positive impact in our area.