Employees of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have created a scholarship to honor retiring President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin.
On Feb. 27, 2015, The Logan Banner reported that Tomblin announced her retirement from Southern saying, “The decision was most difficult and emotional, but with less than two years remaining in Governor Tomblin’s term of office, I want to devote the remaining years as a full-time First Lady for West Virginia. I hope my experience as a college president will enable me to compliment the Governor’s focus on education, the economy and workforce development.”
“President Tomblin has served Southern with great distinction. She has a record of remarkable accomplishment and achievement and has literally transformed the College during her tenure,” Thomas Heywood, Southern’s Board Chair and Managing Partner of Bowles Rice Law Firm, said at the time of Tomblin’s retirement.
The scholarship administered through the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation is part of the 2020 Vision Major Gifts Campaign. Tomblin, the driving force behind the fundraising effort, created the campaign to sustain the college and provide more opportunities to students. The fundraising campaign has raised $16.4 million through community donations, Foundations, and grants.
The Southern Foundation has distributed $2.2 million in scholarships since 2007 and provided over $700,000 to Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in aid and educational support.
“The major gifts campaign is her legacy to this institution and the employees felt it was appropriate to honor her in this way,” said Emma Baisden, Executive Assistant to the President and Board of Governors. For more information on the 2020 Vision Major Gifts Campaign visit our website at southernwv.edu .