Motlow State Community College
Ray Knowis, Tullahoma Alderman, to speak at Motlow State commencement ceremonies
LYNCHBURG, TN (Apr. 15, 2016) — Ray Knowis, Motlow State alumnus and member of the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen, will address the more than 700 students who plan to participate in the 47th Motlow State Community College commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 7. The ceremonies will be held inside Nisbett Center on the Moore County campus.
Knowis earned an associate degree from Motlow, a bachelor's degree in engineering from Vanderbilt University, and a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Tennessee.
"I am excited and honored to be the speaker for Motlow's commencement exercise," said Knowis. "When Dr. Kinkel asked me to speak, we talked about the fact that I was a non-traditional adult student when I attended Motlow, and how important Motlow is to the community in providing educational opportunities to adult learners."
Knowis is a 49-year resident of Tullahoma, arriving in 1966 to work at Arnold Engineering Development Center until he was employed by Micro Craft in 1968. He continued his employment there until 1999, when he took an early retirement and started his own business, Management Consulting Services.
"Ray Knowis is a real-life example of what education can do for a boy from south-central Tennessee," said Dr. Anthony Kinkel, Motlow president. "His commitment to our community, to Motlow State Community College, to the city of Tullahoma, is only overshadowed by his decency toward his fellow man. We are honored to have such a fine representative of our alumni community speaking at Commencement."
Knowis has been active in a number of civic and service organizations in the Tullahoma community. He has served on the Board of Directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (Chair, 2 years), Trinity Adult Day Care (Chair), Lakewood Country Club (Vice Chair), University of Tennessee Space Institute Support Council (Vice Chair), Hands on Science Center, and Arnold Community Council. He has also served the Rotary Club of Tullahoma as president, and was selected to serve as Rotary International's District Governor for the eastern half of Tennessee.
He is married to Ann Knowis, and they have one son, Steve. Knowis and his wife enjoy travel and are avid golfers. He is an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma, where he enjoys singing in the Sanctuary Choir and serving as a substitute Sunday school teacher.
Motlow's commencement will include two ceremonies, with the first at 10 a.m. for nursing students and students who attended classes primarily on the Moore County campus. A second ceremony for those who took classes at the Fayetteville, McMinnville, and Smyrna campuses will begin at 2 p.m. Knowis will speak at both ceremonies.