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Rutherford County Board receives Chancellor's Award at Motlow College Foundation meeting

July 29, 2013

The Rutherford County Industrial Development Board (RCIDB) received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Philanthropy at the biannual meeting of the Motlow College Foundation Board of Trustees last month.

David Waldron displays the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Philanthropy that he accepted on behalf of the Rutherford County Industrial Development Board during a recent meeting of the Motlow College Foundation. Also pictured are, from left, Robert Stevens, a trustee for the Motlow College Foundation; David Gregory, Tennessee Board of Regents vice chancellor for administration and facilities development; and Dr. MaryLou Apple, Motlow College president.
The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Philanthropy was created in 2002 to honor those who give generously of their time and finances to a Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institution and exemplify outstanding volunteer efforts in raising money for a TBR Institution. The Rutherford County Industrial Development Board was selected for just those reasons, according to Dr. MaryLou Apple, Motlow College president.

Apple said the RCIDB has been instrumental in supporting the development of the Motlow College Smyrna Center. Phase one of the project was a 17,500-square-foot facility which has served more than 1900 students per semester by holding classes seven days a week. The RCIDB contributed $300,000 for the construction of the building, which was at maximum capacity when the doors opened in 2006.

With the assistance of the RCIDB, the Motlow College Foundation was able to raise and exceed the required match for the Community College Special Capital Outlay Project of the Smyrna expansion (phase two) funding when the foundation had approximately six weeks to raise the required match.

The RCIDB contributed approximately $157,000 to assist the foundation in reaching and exceeding the 15 percent match requirement. With inflation and escalating costs, it was determined that the 34,000-square-foot building could not be fully constructed and equipped with existing funds, according to Apple. She said a second plea was presented to the RCIDB in the summer of 2012, at which time board members agreed to donate an additional $313,000 to assist with constructing and equipping the new building.

The expansion will assist Motlow in meeting the goals of the College Tennessee Act of 2010, which are to provide access for more citizens to obtain an education and skill sets required to enter or be retooled for the workforce.