2009 Award of Honor
Doris Ladd, A 1975 ETSU accounting graduate, developed a career in financial management with Ashahi Glass Corporation (formerly AFG Industries), holding almost every finiancial management position from Plant Accountant through Cost Accounting Manager, Controller, Treasurer and CFO during a 30-year period. With the relocation of the company's headquarters and executive officers to Atlanta, she opted for early retirement to pursue a new and different career path.
Since 2007, Ladd has been involved with the Kingsport House and Redevelopment AUthority(KHRA.) As the Director of Hope VI & Redevelopment, she is overseeing a $30 million housing redevelopment project for revitalization of areas with the city of Kingsport which keeps her involved in planning and construction project management. She also has oversight for programs with KHRA involving moving families to self-sufficiency and homeownership and providing housing assistance for homeless and people with AIDS.
Ladd and her husband Marvin, also a 1974 ETSU marketing graduate, have 2 sons. Mitchell is a UT graduate attentending Wake Forrest to obtain a M.D./Ph.D in biomedical engineering and Andrew will graduate UT in 2010 with a B.S. in nursing and plans to continue in a nurse anesthetist program. They attend Colonial Heights Christian Church. Their favorite activity is travel and as a family have participated in mission trips to Honduras, Romania, and Russia in addition to traveling to National Parks across the U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Scotland, Ireland, and Europe. Their hobby is creating memories rather than collecting material items. The Opportunity to remain local has been a blessing to Ladd Allowing her family to develop strong traditions and create memories with extended family members.
A longtime Tri-Cities areas resident, Ladd has been heavily involved in various community service efforts since the early 1980s. These have ranged from being a Big Sister and Meals on Wheels volunteer to serving as board chair of YMCA, American Heart Association, United Way committees as well as chairing community project such as Fun Fest, Leadership Kingsport and participation in Rotary and as an AIM Scholars treasurer and presenter.
If Lad were to sum up how higher education affects an individual's ability to succeed, "education provides the foundation to encourage independent thinking, asking questions, and solving problems... traits transferable to any area of interest." While many emphasize the financial benefits of education, Ladd believes, "education provides one the freedom to choose a path to an individualized personal success."