The Jay L. and LeVenia S. Allen Scholarship Endowment has been established in the College of Public Health and the College of Nursing by colleagues, family, and friends to honor to Jay L. and LeVenia Allen for their service East Tennessee State University.
Dr. Allen, a native of eastern North Carolina, has lived and worked in the Tri-Cities area for the past 31 years. He received an A.A degree from Campbell University, Buies Creek, N.C., and both B.S. and B.A degrees from East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C. He received his M.P.H. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ed.D degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His term of service at ETSU began in 1966 and continued until his recent retirement.
LeVenia was a graduate of Blanton's Business College in her hometown of Asheville, N.C. She worked for 23 years in the ETSU College of Nursing, where her special talent lay in encouraging nursing students who sought her advisement and help in scheduling. She was recognized for her efforts in 1991 when the university bestowed upon her its Outstanding Staff Award. Illness forced LeVenia to retire and eventually led to her premature death, leaving a vacuum in her family, her church, her community, and the university. Jay and their two children, Lisa and Mark, their three grandchildren, and a host of friends and family mourn her untimely death.
Jay's years at ETSU were active ones. He served as Assistant Dean of the College of Public and Allied Health, as Professor of Public Health, and as Chair of the Department of Health Education (now the College of Public Health) for 13 years. In 1974, he was chosen to receive the Distinguished Faculty Award by colleagues.
In 1983, Jay was presented with the John P. Lamb, Jr. Award for distinguished service by the Tennessee Academy of Health Education. In addition, he was chosen as Outstanding Educator of America for 1970-71. Five years later, he was given the Distinguished Service Award for Washington County, Tennessee by the American Cancer Society and the Distinguished Service Award by the Washington County Commission on Alcohol and Drugs. Similar awards for Outstanding Community Service were given by Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, the Appalachian Heart Association, and ARCHA. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa and served as secretary for five years to ARCHA. He is past chairperson of the Health Education Section, Southern branch, American Public Health Association, and was elected secretary and member of the Governing Council.
In addition, he is past vice president of the Tennessee Public Health Association and has served since 1985 on the Commissioner's Advisory Board, Tennessee Department of Health and Environment. His culinary talents were recognized in an October 1985 Southern Living magazine feature.
Dr. Allen is a life member of the Tennessee Public Health Association, the American Lung Association of Tennessee, and the Alumni Association of the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He hold membership in several other public health organizations and is a Fellow of the American Public Health Association. His publications include health-related articles in numerous professional journals.
His activities at ETSU are wide and varied, and he has served as a consultant in public health for over 25 schools, universities, and health organizations. Upon his retirement from the faculty at ETSU, he was granted Professor Emeritus status.