Southwest Tennessee Community College

September 21, 2004

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Southwest Names New Board Members to Foundation

The Southwest Foundation of Southwest Tennessee Community College has named four new members to its board of trustees. The new members come from the fields of healthcare, accountancy and communications.

Cato Johnson, Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs at Methodist Healthcare, has agreed to serve on the board. Johnson has been with Methodist Healthcare since 1985 and in the healthcare field in Memphis since 1983. Johnson is heavily involved with education in the Memphis area. He has served on the Shelby County Schools Education Foundation, University of Memphis Foundation Board, as a Trustee for LeMoyne-Owen College, among his many other board appointments and civic activities. Johnson is a resident of Whitehaven where he attends the Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church.

Cobene (Ben) Watkins will be serving as a new member as well. Watkins, a Certified Public Accountant, is a partner at Watkins Uiberall. Watkins serves on several boards around the Memphis area including the Mid-South Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Healthcare Financial Management Association, Fogelman College of Business Alumni Association and the Mid-South Medical Group Management Association. Watkins is a resident of Germantown and attends Bartlett United Methodist Church.

Chris Vokaty is also being named to the Board for Southwest. Vokaty is the Director of Operations for Time Warner Communications. His long history in the communications field, which has included marketing and sales management responsibilities for Time Warner and Galaxy Cablevision, will bring a fresh perspective to the Southwest Foundation Board.

The fourth new member will be Dr. Steve Ballard. He has a successful dental practice with Collierville Family Dentistry. He has been practicing dentistry in the Memphis area since 1993. In 1999 Ballard was the Alumnus of the Year at Southwest. He is a member of the Bluff City Medical Association, Shelby County Dental Society, University of Memphis’ Tiger Clubs and the Tennessee Task Force on the African American Male. Dr. Ballard is also a member of the military reserve. As a reservist, he has traveled to Paraguay and worked on an Indian reservation. Last fall, his reserve unit was sent to Iraq. From January through April, 2004, he worked on an Iraqi base an hour and a half outside of Baghdad. There he treated American soldiers, Iraqi soldiers and Iraqi civilians.

The members of the Foundation Board serve three-year terms. The Board is a non-profit, charitable corporation, holding a 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service and is a supportive but separate entity from
the College.