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.


Our purpose is to provide hope and opportunities so that JSCC students, their families, and our communities are transformed.  We support our purpose by raising funds to provide access to higher education and workforce development training to West Tennesseans.  Our goal is to never turn a potential student away.

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.

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Community Development & Foundation

Foundation Officers
Title Name Position
Chair Thorne Barbour Jones Family of Companies
Vice Chair Jim Crone Trane Corporation
Secretary Reggie Smith Owner, Town & Country Realtors
Treasurer Tim Dellinger  Vice President for Financial & Administrative Affairs, JSCC
Ex-Officio Officers
Name Position
Dr. Bobby Smith Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Advancement, JSCC
Dr. Larry Bailey Vice President for Academic Affairs, JSCC
Brian Gann Vice President for Student Services, JSCC
Candyce Sweet Faculty Council Chair 2019-2020, JSCC
Colin Perry Pro Tech Council Chair 2019-2020, JSCC
Jessica Gelinas Classified Council Chair 2019-2020, JSCC
Foundation Trustees
Name Company/Affiliation County
James W. Ayers Owner/Chairman, First Bank Decatur
Thorne Barbour Manager, Human Resources, Jones Companies Gibson
Wendie Carlson West Tennessee Healthcare Madison
Dale Conder Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell, P.L.C Madison
Jim Crone Trane U.S.A. Inc. Shelby
Al DaSilva UT Health Science Center Shelby
Grant Edwards Owner, Chick-Fil-A Vann Drive Madison
Jeff Sisk Interim President, JSCC Madison
Jeff Lewis City President, First Bank Henderson
Randy McKinnon President, TLM Associates, Inc. Chester
Neta B. McKnight Retired, Radiologic Technology Dept., JSCC Madison
Walter Nelms Retired President, JSCC Madison
Paul Phelan Manager of Government Relations-West, Tennessee Valley Authority Madison
John Rountree Regional Operations Manager, Safelite Auto Glass Shelby
Reggie Smith Owner, Town & Country Realtors Madison
Deann Thelen West Tennessee Healthcare Madison
Cary Vaughn CEO/President, Love Worth Finding Ministries Shelby
Marcie Williams Manager, Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC Madison