Athens Federal Community Bank has made a donation of $100,000 to the Tennessee Wesleyan College Proud Heritage, Strong Future campaign.
Athens Federal Community Bank has made a donation of $100,000 to the Tennessee Wesleyan College Proud Heritage, Strong Future campaign. This generous donation will help fund the construction of the new Colloms Campus Center. When completed, the Colloms Campus Center will provide gathering space and resources for TWC students, faculty and staff, as well as local Athens community members.
“As a community bank, supporting endeavors that build value for our area and local citizens is always an important priority for Athens Federal,” Athens Federal President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Cunningham said.
“The Proud Heritage, Strong Future campaign celebrates our history and promises a strong and hopeful outlook for the future of the college and our community. There is never a better time than now for progress, and we are proud to participate in an initiative that will blaze the trail for Tennessee Wesleyan and the local Athens and McMinn County area.”
Athens Federal Community Bank extends its relationship with Tennessee Wesleyan through this contribution. The bank has a long history of donations to the college, helping the college to remain an important part of the Athens community and economy.
“We are grateful to receive this generous pledge from Athens Federal Community Bank,” TWC President Dr. Harley Knowles said. “We appreciate its faithful support of the college, and specifically its investment in the Colloms Campus Center.”
The new campus center is expected to impact the Tennessee Wesleyan campus as well as the local community by providing a centralized hub of information for students and new meeting spaces, including a banquet center, for campus and community use.
“The impact of Tennessee Wesleyan on the Athens community is immeasurable,” Cunningham said. “The college introduces Athens to people around the world that may be otherwise unaware of our East Tennessee gem. TWC is not only a structural highlight of our city, but more importantly, it employs our citizens and prepares minds to lead local business, educate our youth, pastor our churches, nurse our ill and protect our streets. Many Athens Federal employees are students, graduates, former employees and board members of the college and those experiences have helped shape them into strong leaders for our bank.”
The Proud Heritage, Strong Future Campaign at Tennessee Wesleyan College will accelerate change and improvements outlined in the college’s strategic plan. This $16 million campaign has four funding priorities that will help the college attain excellence: annual fund support, student scholarships, academic support, and facility enhancements, including the construction of a new 30,000 square foot campus center. For additional information about how you can support the college during this campaign, please contact the Advancement Office at (423) 746-5330.
Photo caption: Dr. Harley Knowles, TWC President, with Jeff Cunningham, Athens Federal President and CEO and Shane Sewell, Athens Federal VP and Chief Lending Officer