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The Hamblen County foundation for Educational Excellence and Achievement, created in 1991, is a non-profit, non-partisan organization.

Since its inception, the foundation has been a lead advocate for improved student achievement and enhanced preparation for higher education and the workplace. Our mission is to promote educational excellence and achievement as a means of sustaining economic prosperity and improving the quality of life in Hamblen County.

The announcement of a $50,000 gift by Tuff Torq Corp. Chairman Dr. Kojiro Yamaoka began the process that led to the formation of HC*EXCELL. From the beginning, their vision has been that an educated citizenry creates a healthy economy.

Their ties to education have enable them to see areas where they can support students, teachers and parents. Since 1991, they have worked further their mission and vision by focusing on four core areas: Student Achievement and Leadership, Workforce Skills, Educator Support, Recognition and Appreciation and Community Commitment and Investment.

Their executive director, Stan Harville, has 38 years of experience in eduation at many different levels. Their board members are dedicated professionals who care deeply about the school system and the community.

They are the only education foundation in Hamblen County. They are solely focused on the support of public education for the betterment of the community. They have been a convener, collaborator, communicator, challenger and champion for eduation since its inception.

They will be launching their Sustaining SUCCESS campaign in the next few months, building off the success of the previous campaign.

HC*EXCELL is located at 120 Evans Ave., Suite 216, Morristown TN 37814 and mailing address is PO Box 2156, Morristown TN 37816.