A licensed registered nurse and attorney who is a generous philanthropist, Oakley is “an advocate of the benefits of education at all levels,” said TTU President Bob Bell.
She and her husband, Millard, are long-time activists of the critical need for higher education in the Upper Cumberland region, Bell said.
“They have poured countless hours, efforts and funding into projects that provide much needed opportunities to those in our Upper Cumberland communities,” he said. “J.J. has a first-hand observation of the difficulties schools face today and she has been on the front lines fighting those battles with us.”
Because of her vast and varied interests, skills and commitments to those efforts, Bell described her as “a true testament to the value of education.”
He said that from the early stages of planning for the facility, the administration’s top priority was to address the needs of the students.
“We think we’ve done a pretty good job of it,” he said, thanking students, faculty and staff for their patience and thanking everyone involved for their support.
He concluded by describing Oakley as a model for students. “[She] is a true model for our students through her tenacity, generosity, care and grace, and she is truly a friend to Tennessee Tech University and the Upper Cumberland Region.
“It gives me great pride to announce to you the dedication of this fantastic facility in her honor, naming it the J.J. Oakley Health Services Center,” Bell said.
The facility modernizes the level of health services the campus has the ability to provide and doubles the number of exam rooms from two to four, as well as offering other state-of-the-art features.