TTU College of Business raises more than $700,000 for "Keeping the Promise"

More than $700,000 has been raised for the “Keeping the Promise” campaign to refurbish and remodel classrooms, offices and other College of Business facilities in Tennessee Tech University’s Johnson Hall.

Donors who’ve so far contributed to the ongoing campaign were recognized at the recent 13th Annual Fall Fundraiser Celebration hosted by TTU’s College of Business Board of Trustees.

Those donors include Charlie Hawkins and Tom Orton, both of Chattanooga; Thomas Lynn and family, Jimmy Mackie and Virginia Plummer, all of Cookeville; Dr. John and Claire Johnson of Spartanburg, S.C.; Kraft CPAs, PLLC, of Nashville; and Don Ervin of Bradley Co.

Ervin — a 1953 business education graduate who was joined at the celebration by his wife, Barbara, and three adult children, Neal, Dwight and Jill — made the single largest contribution to the campaign. Ervin’s gift will be used to renovate Johnson Hall Auditorium by providing it with up-to-date, state-of-the-art multi media technology.

Renovation is expected to begin sometime after July 1, 2005, and in recognition of Ervin’s generosity, the newly renovated facility will be named in his honor.

He is retired from a 41-year career in the banking business.

In addition, several honors and awards were presented during the celebration. Board President Dick Murphy bestowed the Past President Award to Lowell Smith, and other awards were conveyed by TTU’s Dean of Business Bob Neibuhr and Pat Quillen, the board’s executive director.

Paul Scarlett was presented the Louis Johnson Outstanding Alumnus Award, and Lonnie J. Stout II received the Outstanding Business Leadership Award.

About 160 guests attended the event, including teammates of Ervin’s on the 1952 Golden Eagle football team that played in Orlando’s Tangerine Bowl on New Year’s Day 1953.