The Board of Governors Ballot for 2019


Hiwassee College Alumni are encouraged to vote for fellow alumni to serve as officers and panel members to serve on the Alumni Association Board of Governors.  The Association will elect president elect and secretary who serve for two years.  Also to be elected are five (5) panel members to serve one term of three years.  Balloting will begin September 1 and remain open until October 20, 2018, which is two weeks prior to Homecoming. Voting is available by clicking the link at the bottom of the page. 


Meet the Candidates




David Chambers - Class of 1980


David F. Chambers graduated from Hiwassee College with an AA degree in Music. During his time at Hiwassee, he served as president of the Student Government Association.  He was also a member of the choir, Shalom, and Hiwassee Singers and was involved in numerous theater productions.  He continued his education at Tennessee Wesleyan College (now TN Wesleyan University) earning a Bachelor of Music Education and completed Masters and Educational Specialist degrees from Tennessee Technological University.


David grew up in Knoxville but has lived in Jamestown, TN since 1989.  He is employed by the Fentress County Schools as a PK-8 Music Specialist, District Data Specialist, and Elementary Testing Coordinator.  He also serves as the choir directors at Allardt Presbyterian Church and is the founding director of the Fentress County Community Choir.

David has served on the Board of Governors since 2008 and became a Life Member in 2014.  He has been a member of the Awards and Honors Committee and has served as Committee Chair since 2015.  He has also served as Secretary Pro-temp when needed.




Candidate 1: Billy E. Atkins - Class of 1965


Billy Atkins graduated from Tellico Plains High School in 1963 before attending secondary institutions that include:  Hiwassee, earning an AA degree in Pre-Law, University of Tennessee, earning Bachelors, Masters, and Educational Specialist degrees,  He also did further studies at University of Arkansas, Memphis State, TN Wesleyan, and Harvard.


While at Hiwassee, Billy met his wife, Virginia Conner and they have two children: Jeff, who resides on the family farm, and Teresa Dawn, who is a nationally ranked artist and photographer in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

During Billy’s time at Hiwassee, he was quite active and held offices in clubs, sang in Choir, business manager of the yearbook, photographer, Master of Ceremony at some events, and Coordinator of a presidential mock election.


Billy’s work career includes being an entomologist for the USDA, teacher, counselor, principal, and coordinator of Special Education in Monroe County Schools.  He has actively worked on several gubernatorial and other statewide and local campaigns.  He has been appointed to positions by three presidents and has worked on the staff of a Congressman.  Both Billy and his wife and ordained ministers and love the work because of the values taught to them while at Hiwassee.  Even though, one may think Billy is retired, he and his wife are active with their businesses of investments of real estate properties. Billy continues with charity work, restoring antique vehicles, traveling, substitute teaching, farming, and volunteering.


Billy has served one term on the Board of Governors and is co-chair of the Athletic Hall of Fame.  He wants to continue being a part of the board because Hiwassee is the “grand ole institution” that he truly loves.


Candidate 2: Patricia Craig - Class of 1978


Pat Craig graduated from Cass High School in Carterville, GA, and was recruited by Ron Hemphill to Hiwassee in l976.  She completed her AA degree in Human Services.  She continued her education at University of Tennessee and University ofGeorgia where she earned degrees in Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Social Work.


After graduation, she moved to Cleveland, TN, where she still works and resides. Pat is currently employed at Tennova Behavioral Outpatient as a lead therapist.  She enjoys her work, family, volunteering in areas of her line of work, traveling whenever time allows and taking care of her animals. Pat still sees Hiwassee as some of the best years of her life.  The values that Christians share were evident here on campus while she was at Hiwassee and left a lasting impression and stabilizing force in her life. 


Pat has served as an active panel member on the Board of Governors since 2014 and served on the Program Committee.  She would like to be elected again to give back to the institution that helped shape who she is today.


Candidate 3: Patricia “Patti” Shreve Green - Class of 1981


Patti Green, a current resident of Knoxville, TN, works as physical therapist and has done so for over 30 years.  She has been married to Michael W. Green for 29 years and they have four grown children.  Her time is also spent mentoring both personally and professionally.


Free time involves cooking, outdoor activities with her family.  Patti has been a volunteer in her church and continues to work in such positions as Sunday School teacher, nursery worker, Bible Study leader, meals coordinator, and visitation team member. 


While at Hiwassee, Patti was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Christian Student Movement, Concert Choir, and Musical Theatre.  She loved her time at Hiwassee, describing it as a magical place for her to fit in.  At a time when she needed a lot of emotional support, the people at Hiwassee came through with the guidance and direction for her to thrive, academically and spiritually.


Patti has been inspired by a dear friend to step back in and help her Alma Mater. Her desire is for Hiwassee to return to its glory days and thrive in the future.


Candidate 4: Elizabeth Presswood McCallie - Class of 1967


Elizabeth has been a resident of Kingston, TN for over 30 years. She has two grown sons and seven grandchildren.  She is very involved in church work and the retired teachers association. 


While at Hiwassee, Elizabeth was involved in the Student Education Association because she knew early on that she wanted to be a teacher.  She remembers fondly the professor who sponsored that group and he motivated her even more to become an educator.


After attending Hiwassee for 2 years, Elizabeth furthered her education atUniversity of TN at Knoxville earning a BS degree with a double major in English and Social Studies.  There she also received her MS degree in Marketing.


Her career path was in secondary education for 30 years, teaching English and Marketing.  She enjoys keeping up with her former students and does so very frequently.


When asked why she wanted to be a candidate for the BOG, she reflected on how Hiwassee served as a stepping stone in so many ways.  Having come to the campus from a rural area, she felt at home there.  Not only was it fun but academically challenging with a caring atmosphere where character and values mattered, just likean extended family


Candidate 5: Curtis D. McKee - Class of 1980


Curt McKee was born in Madisonville, TN but grew up in Loudon County, TN.  He earned his AA from Hiwassee in l980, Bachelors from TN Wesleyan in 1982, and Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1986. 

Curt and his wife Donna have three grown sons: Jared, an English teacher in South Korea, Jeff, lives and works in Charleston, SC in the Air Force Reserves, and Joshua, lives and work in Florida at Disney World. 

Curt’s career has been in ministry where he has been a pastor  in many churches and lead mission trips to nine countries, held revivals, camp meetings, youth events, and retreats. 


He has been an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church since 1984, an ordained elder in the UMC since 1988, and received the Denman Award in Evangelism from the Holston Conference in 1998.  He also received the Christian Vocational Award from the Hiwassee Alumni Association.


Candidate 6: Mollie Nicholson - Class of 1965


Mollie Nicholson, a resident of Maryville, TN, is an active volunteer in her community, having worked weekly for the past 16 years in a large food pantry.  She is on the task force to secure a homeless shelter in Blount County and volunteers at Random Acts of Flowers in Knoxville.  She serves as secretary of her homeowners association.


While at Hiwassee, she was secretary of the freshman class, president of the new women’s dorm, and was involved in civic activities.  After graduating from Hiwassee, she received a BS and MA in education.  Mollie taught in public schools for 33 years and 11 years as an ESL teacher for the Blount County Adult Education Department.  During her career, she received the Blount County Teacher of the Year Award, Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America Award, and the University of Tennessee Excellence in Teaching Award. 


She feels indebted to Hiwassee for all the college did for her while a student.  With her background in education and her leadership qualities, she would like to helpHiwassee move forward and continue to be the great college it is.