Photos from the 2014 Foundation Scholarship Banquet

The Foundation was formed in 1977 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation to raise and administer funds to support the mission and enhance the growth and development of Jackson State. Foundation funding provides for scholarships, programs, capital improvements, equipment and facilities, and other projects for which institutional funds are either not available or are in short supply.


The mission of the Jackson State Community College Foundation is to raise funds, develop friendships and provide futures.

Our purpose is to raise funds to provide access to higher education and workforce development training to all qualified West Tennesseans. Our goal is to never turn a potential student away for financial reasons or because of inadequate facilities.

Please take a moment to explore the links that appear on this page to find out more about Jackson State and our development programs. The information contained here is not comprehensive. If you need further details simply contact our office via any of the methods listed below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Foundation Officers
Chair Cary Vaughn CEO/President, Love Worth Finding
Secretary Reggie Smith Owner, Town & Country Realtors
Ex-Officio Officers
Exec. Director Dee Henderson Director, Development and Alumni Relations, JSCC
Treasurer Horace Chase Vice President for Financial & Administrative Affairs, JSCC
  Bobby Smith Vice President for Student Services, JSCC


Foundation Trustees
Chris Allison The Allison Insurance Group, Inc. Madison
James W. Ayers Owner/Chairman, First Bank Decatur
Richard Ayers CFO, Jones Companies Gibson
Allen Barker Citizen Gibson
Bruce Blanding, Ph.D. President, Jackson State Community College Madison
Tracy Chism Vice President, Trustmark National Bank Shelby
Tony Emison, M.D. Regional Director, Jackson-Madison County Health Department Madison
Patty Easley Assistant Professor, JSCC Madison
Lowe Finney Attorney - Spragins, Barnett and Cobb; State of Tennessee Senator Madison
Floyd Flippin Attorney, Flippin and Atkins Gibson
Jonas Kisber Tennessee Board of Regents Madison
Randy McKinnon President, TLM Associates, Inc. Chester
Neta B. McKnight Retired, Radiography Dept., Jackson State Madison
Walter Nelms, Ph.D. Retired President, Jackson State Madison
Paul Phelan Manager of Government Relations-West, Tennessee Valley Authority Madison
Reggie Smith Owner, Town & Country Realtors Madison
Cary Vaughn CEO/President, Love Worth Finding Ministries Shelby