Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date January 07, 2008

For More Information: Brenda Rayner 901-333-4247


Former Southwest Foundation Board Chair Receives Award

John Farris, former Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation Board chair and current board member, has received the 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. The award was presented by the chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) of the Tennessee State University and Community College System, whose board governs all of the state’s universities, community colleges and technical schools, except the University of Tennessee. Farris has served as chair of Southwest’s Foundation Board for the past three years. TBR Chancellor Charles Manning presented the award at a recent reception sponsored by the foundation that included friends and donors of Southwest. Also, on hand to help present the award was Representative Curry Todd, who praised Farris’ dedication to the college and the community.

Farris received the award for his efforts on behalf of Southwest’s major gift campaign, “Southwest and You, Investing in the Future,” which has a goal of more than $16 million for four initiatives including the proposed Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building. Most notably, Farris helped coordinate the largest gift in the college’s history, a $1 million commitment from Medtronic Sofamor Danek. Farris also has provided invaluable assistance in acquiring the land for the nursing building. The campaign is the largest in the college’s history.

A member of the Memphis, Tennessee and Florida Bar associations, Farris is a partner with Farris, Mathews, Branan, Bobango, Hellen and Dunlap, PLC. Farris practices primarily in the area of governmental relations law and was recently recognized in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He is the only Memphis attorney recognized in this practice area.

In addition to his service to Southwest, Farris also serves on the Board of the Riverfront Development Corporation.

For more information on Southwest’s major gift campaign or to make a donation, call Rose Landey at 901-333-4577.

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Cutline: TBR Chancellor Charles Manning (pictured left) presents the 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy to John Farris.