2017 PANEL MEMBER CANDIDATES
Chad Littleton `96
Chad Littleton is a senior lecturer of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he teaches courses in Rhetoric & Composition and Professional Writing. After leaving Hiwassee, he continued his education at Tennessee Wesleyan College (B.A.), UTC (M.A.), and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.). Chad is married to Rebecca and is the father of Erica (10) and Robert (7). They reside in Chattanooga and are active members of Harrison United Methodist Church. Chad has served as an active panel member of the Board of Governors since 2014.
Pat Craig `78
Pat Craig graduated from Cass High School in Cartersville, Georgia and was recruited by Ron Hemphill to Hiwassee in 1976. She completed her B.A. at Tennessee Wesleyan in 1980 and then obtained her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Georgia in 1982. After graduation she moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, where she has resided since 1983. Pat is currently employed at Tennova Healthcare Center - Cleveland. One of her most rewarding community service experiences was serving on the Board of Directors for the SE Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She is currently a volunteer for her area’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team, providing psychological first aid to first responders. She is very involved with her family, enjoys traveling that, preferably, doesn’t involve flying, and is an avid animal lover. Pat still sees Hiwassee as some of the best years of her life. As a young Christian, the values and sense of community she found while here was a stabilizing force in her life. She returns to campus often and continues to feel at home. Pat has served as an active panel member of the Board of Governors since 2014.
Jack Keen `64
Jack Keen graduated from Hiwassee in 1964. He retired from Buchanan County, Virginia after teaching for 30 years. He has taught land surveying mathematics seminars nationwide for 25 years and is still practicing as a licensed Virginia land surveyor. Jack has served as an active panel member of the Board of Governors since 2014.
Marl J. “Trey” Murphy `97
Trey Murphy graduated from Hiwassee College in 1997. He completed his B.A in Music at Maryville College in 1999. After graduation, he worked for a year as a Hiwassee College Admissions Counselor before returning to college at the University of Tennessee where he completed a graduate credit in Public Relations and Music History/Ethnomusicology. Trey worked at the Downtown Grill and Brewery for several years as a shift leader before returning to school to get his teacher certification and to complete his M.S. in Education. He married his wife, Jennifer, in 2008, and they have two children, Evelyn and Cort. Trey lives in Knoxville, Tennessee and works as an educator, teaching Fourth Grade Science and Social Studies for the Texas Virtual Academy.
Carmen Conner Nations `15
Following in her father’s footsteps, Carmen Conner Nations attended Hiwassee College, graduating in the spring of 2015 with an Associate of Science degree. She is pursuing her higher education at ETSU where she is working toward a bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies. Like many before her, Carmen met and married the love of her life at Hiwassee. They now have a beautiful one-year-old daughter named Iris. Carmen was a very active student on campus and spent a lot of her time working as an Admissions Ambassador where she learned a great deal of skills that she continues to use today. She was a member of both the softball and cheerleading teams her freshman year and won the title of Lady Hiwassee. She had the honor and privilege of being voted Homecoming Queen her sophomore year. Carmen saw Hiwassee for what it is; an institution that is more like a family and has a lot to offer academically. She took advantage of that and made great memories and friends. Carmen would like to continue being active on campus and would love the opportunity to continue to contribute to Hiwassee College so that current and future students can have the same great experience.
Blaina Tallent Best `11, `12
No stranger to Hiwassee College, Blaina’s mother and sister both attended Hiwassee to pursue their Associate of Science Degrees. Due to this, Blaina often found herself shooting basketball in the gym, swimming at the pool, and running across the Quad to the Rymer Student Center throughout her childhood. A native of Tellico Plains, Tennessee, Blaina Tallent Best married her high school sweetheart, James Eric Best, in May of 2011. After learning that Hiwassee College expanded their academic programs to offer four-year degrees in 2010, Blaina decided to transfer to Hiwassee College to complete her degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts. Once at HC, Blaina graduated with her Associate of Science Degree in 2011 and Bachelor of Science Degree in 2012, while cheerleading and playing basketball. When Blaina transferred to HC, her mother decided to complete her Bachelor of Science Degree at Hiwassee as well, so both of them were able to graduate together with their four-year degrees from Hiwassee. Being a student at HC was an experience of a lifetime for her and a decision she is so glad that she made. Immediately after graduating from Hiwassee, Blaina dove right into her graduate studies at Liberty University and graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Human Services & Executive Leadership in 2013. Blaina is currently the Director of Student Affairs at Hiwassee College and is also pursuing her Ph.D. in Psychology at Grand Canyon University. Blaina believes that some of her greatest accomplishments would include the growth she has been able to assist with at Hiwassee over the last six years. She hopes to continue to be a part of all of the wonderful things happening on campus for many years to come.
Drey Tipton `16
Hiwassee College is a wonderful place filled with the dreams of so many. In his time at Hiwassee College Trey found a higher calling to provide for himself a future, but to also help others with theirs. At Hiwassee in the fall of 2014 to Spring 2016 Trey played baseball, ran cross-country, participated in SGA, and Phi Theta Kappa. In 2016, the Hiwassee College baseball team made it to the World Series; Trey became Vice-President of SGA, and was President of Phi Theta Kappa. He graduated with a 3.94 GPA on May 5 of this year. Also, he was accepted into Lee University’s Masters of Business Administration program. Trey has accepted and has worked for over two months now at Pilot Flying J in Knoxville as a manager. 2016, without a doubt, has been the most memorable and successful year of his life. Trey believes that Hiwassee College can give so many students the same successes he had here. He holds the desire to remain involved and to help Hiwassee achieve at a high level. Trey feels that if he became a Board Member of the Alumni Association, he would be taking the first step to giving back after such a great experience. Trey feels the College has taken great strides in the time he was a student here: such as improving their facilities and through sporting accomplishments. He knows the most important part of college is education but also feels students need to enjoy themselves while growing in Christ and developing in the classroom.
Mia Sage Lowry Beason `09
Mia Sage, a Madisonville resident, continued her education at Carson Newman, earning a degree in education. While a Hiwassee student she was active in the theater program, choir, was a cheerleader, President of the Student Government Association and President of Phi Theta Kappa. She currently volunteers in theater programs at Hiwassee and teaches Curriculum in the Arts in grades 3-5 at the Madisonville Intermediate School. Mia Sage has represented the Board of Governors of the Hiwassee College Alumni Association as a panel member since 2013 and currently serves as the chapter convener of the Monroe County Chapter of the Alumni Association.
Billy E. Atkins `65
Billy Atkins graduated from Tellico Plains High School in 1963 before attending secondary institutions that include: Hiwassee College, Tennessee Wesleyan, Memphis State, the University of Arkansas, Harvard, and the University of Tennessee. He graduated from Hiwassee College in 1965. Billy met his wife, Virginia Conner, at Hiwassee College and they two children: Jeff, who lives on the family farm, and Teresa Dawn, who is a nationally ranked artist and photographer in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Together, with his wife, Billy owns B.E.A. Investments, which owns condominium properties in four states and farms lands in two counties in Tennessee. B.E.A. Investments has also been selected in Who's Who in the top 100 small companies in America. Virginia is a highly trained massage therapist and owns Natural Wellness Alternatives, associated with Sunrider International. She and Billy are both directors in Sunrider.
Billy’s work career includes being an entomologist for the U.S.D.A., teacher, counselor and principal for the Monroe County School System (MCSS). He ran the Special Education Program for MCSS and wrote many grants, including putting computers in MCSS and the Teen Pregnancy Program for State of Tennessee. Billy was appointed by President Bill Clinton to a position on the Selective Service Board of the United States and was approved by Congress. He was once again nominated by George Bush and again by Barack Obama. He has actively worked on several gubernatorial and other statewide and local political campaigns. Billy has also served on the staff of Congressman Bob Clement for several years. Virginia and Billy both became ordained ministers and love the work because of the values taught to them at Hiwassee College.
Bethany Allen Brady `13
Bethany Allen Brady graduated from Hiwassee College in 2013 with her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She went on to Liberty University to receive her Master’s in Executive Leadership. She was employed with Hiwassee College as an Admissions Counselor for three years after graduating. Bethany advanced to become the Assistant Director of Admissions while also working as the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach. Once married, she and her husband took over as the resident directors of Tom Black Hall from June 2015 – March 2016. Bethany recently moved to Adairsville, Georgia with her husband in order to accept a position with Shorter University as the Assistant Director of Admissions. Although at another institution and in another state, her heart will always belong to Hiwassee College and she will continuously do whatever she can to support and assist her beloved institution. During her time at Hiwassee College, Bethany made friendships that will last her lifetime. She met her husband and she gained professional and personal experience. While at Hiwassee, Bethany was also part of the Upward Bound Program, teaching sign language to the high school students within the program. She re-started the HC chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), along with a strong and successful Relay for Life team (Tigers for Survivors). She was inducted into the Board of Governors in the fall of 2015 and it has been a fantastic experience. Bethany enjoys serving on committees, being a part of assisting the college in growth and giving the current students the experience She once received. Bethany would be honored to serve as Secretary for the Board of Governors of the Hiwassee College Alumni Association.
David Chambers `80
David Chambers is a 1980 graduate of Hiwassee College. While on campus, he was a member of the college choir, Shalom, and Hiwassee Singers, performed in numerous theatre productions, and served as president of the Student Government Association. After graduation, he earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Tennessee Wesleyan and a M.A. and Ed.S. from Tennessee Technological University. He is currently employed by the Fentress County Board of Education where he serves in a split position of Elementary Music Specialist, Data Specialist, and Elementary Testing Coordinator. He also is the choir director of Allardt Presbyterian Church and is the founding director of the Fentress County Community Choir. David has served on the Board of Governors since 2009 and is the chairperson of the Awards and Honors Committee.
Brenda Tuck Malone `70
Brenda Tuck Malone graduated from Hiwassee College in 1970. She went on to receive her B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in education from Tennessee Tech. Brenda has served as a teacher in Mobile, Alabama, Cleveland, Tennessee as well as Kingston, Tennessee. She is married to Stan Malone, a 1965 graduate of Hiwassee College. Together, they have a son, Andy, who serves as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. He is stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Brenda currently serves on the Hiwassee College Alumni Association Board of Governors and was a key member of the Alumni House Task Force. She was recently elected to represent the BOG on the Hiwassee College Board of Trustees.