Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date January 22, 2008

For More Information: Robert G. Miller (901) 333-4368/ Fax (901) 333-4503
E-mail: rgmiller1@southwest.tn.edu


Southwest President Essex Receives a Prestigious MLK Leadership Award

Four distinguished business and civic leaders from the Memphis area received Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Awards on January 19 in Millington at the second annual St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church “Keepers of the Dream” breakfast held in the Navy Activity Support Services Pat Thompson Recreation Center. One of the honorees was Dr. Nathan Essex, president of Southwest Tennessee Community College.

“Our community is fortunate to have many individuals who are truly living the dream of Dr. King. Today, we honor four such individuals. These four shining stars are a testimony of what preparation, perseverance and prayer can do,” said Rev. Keith McGee, St. Mark’s pastor. Dr. Essex was commended for both his national prowess as an exemplary educator and author on personnel, leadership and legal issues, along with his fervent longtime commitment to rendering community and civic service.

Dr. Essex humbly accepted an MLK leadership award commenting he has devoted much of his life to helping others achieve their true potential and success, and will continue to do so.

The featured speaker at the event was Rev. and Dr. Kenneth Robinson, pastor of St. Andrew A.M.E. Church in Memphis. Other recipients of leadership awards were Reginia Watson-Jefferson, manager of Jefferson Mortuary in Millington; William Hudson, Jr., named president and general manager of MATA in 1993; and Edith Kelly-Green, owner of fast food franchises in the Mid-South and retired vice president and chief sourcing officer for FedEx.

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Southwest President Essex receives his MLK Leadership Award.