Timothy Paxton Jones and Valda Hicks Jones have been a leading force in the region through their volunteerism and support of civic issues for the betterment of our region's people and communities. They have demonstrated philanthropic spirit for East Tennessee State University and have generously shared their financial resources as well as their time, talents, and energies for the growth of the university.
Valda, as an alumna, and Tim, as an Honorary Alumnus are Platinum Society donors for the ETSU Foundation. Not only is their level of financial giving impressive, but also equally impressive is the philanthropic commitment of personal, successful leadership they have given in voluntary service to ETSU Foundation and for the greater good of the university.
In their personal giving, Tim and Valda have demonstrated a core principle that not only should they give but they should take positive steps to encourage other to do so as well. Their encouragement has taken the form of a broadly based, diverse record of giving form many areas within the university. Among the beneficiaries of their support for the university are Women's Health, Athletic Scholarships (BASA), WETS-FM, Challenge 2000 Manahan Scholarships, Medicine, Pharmacy, the B. Carroll Reece Museum, and the ETSU Foundation Carillon and Alumni Plaza.
From 2003 until 2007, Tim served first as President and then as Chairman of the Board for the ETSU Foundation. He gave countless hour of committed service for the Foundation's membership and for the diverse ETSU community of students, faculty, alumni, friends, and staff.
During Tim's Foundation leadership, the ETSU College of Pharmacy was created. This required a monumental effort to quickly galvanize the people of our region to raise $5 million in twelve weeks during 2005 in response to the challenge issued from Nashville. Tim and Valda encourage others to accept the challenge, in addition to pledging their own support. Although the ETSU Foundation is a primary source of Tim and Valda's philanthropy, they have also worked and served in the region, too, for many civic and charitable causes such as Dawn of Hope, United Way, Girls, Inc., the Johnson City Public Library, and the Rotary International Foundation. Valda has served as chair of the Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission, and Tim has chaired the Johnson City Development Authority.
Tim and Valda Jones have given their time, talents, and resources to improve ETSU, the Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia region, and the world. They have set a shining example for their children, grandchildren, and the community with their generosity and compassion for ETSU and many other notable causes. Mahatma Ghandi proclaimed that each of us must "be the change we want to see in the world." Tim and Valda, with their efforts at ETSU, continue to create beneficial change for the cause of higher education at ETSU as they enable ETSU and others to grown in quality and opportunity.