Rob Barger, president and CEO of First Century Bank, was elected president of the Walters State Community College Foundation during the fall meeting on Monday, Oct. 26.
Barger has served as a trustee since 2010 and previously was elected secretary and vice president. A Claiborne County native, he is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the Louisiana State University School of Banking.
“Rob is excited to take over leadership of the Foundation. He has worked over the past ten years not only to help students in his home area of Claiborne and Union County, but students throughout the Walters State service area,” said Chris Cates, assistant vice president for college advancement at the college.
Barger is active in several volunteer organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Claiborne County and the Claiborne County Industrial Board. He and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters.
“Rob understands that everyone has a different walk in life and different dreams. He is passionate about making a difference in the lives of students,” Cates said.
Barger is the third two-generation leadership team in the history of the Foundation. His mother, Eleanor Yoakum, also served as president. The others are R. Jack Fishman and Michael Fishman and the late Charles Terry and F. Braxton Terry.
Immediate past president David Hayes will continue to serve as a member of the executive committee and will also be a member of the Past President’s Council. Hayes has been a trustee of the Foundation since 2008.
“David has been instrumental in leading the foundation through a period of growth. He initiated two successful fundraisers with entertainers Rodney Atkins and Con Hunley and brought new donors to the table. He also provided his real estate expertise to several projects,” Cates said.
“We are very grateful for his dedication to the foundation.”
Hayes also previously served as vice president and secretary. He is the owner of Hayes and Associates in Jefferson County.
Also at Monday’s meeting, David Helton of Morristown was elected vice president and Sharon Greene of Morristown was elected as secretary. Dr. Mark Hurst, vice president for business affairs at the college, serves as treasurer.
The Walters State Community College Foundation is the official fund-raising arm of the college and is governed by a board of trustees.
The Foundation is an institutionally related, independently chartered, separate legal entity operated as a tax-exempt corporation chartered within the state of Tennessee.
The Foundation promotes and supports the literary, scientific, educational scholarship, research, charitable and developmental purposes and objectives of Walters State Community College.