JOHNSON CITY (May 18, 2016) – The East Tennessee State University Foundation presented D. Roger Kennedy of Kingsport with the Richard A. Manahan Margin of Excellence Award for his service as the longtime chair of the Foundation.
The award, given during the ETSU Foundation Annual Meeting today (May 18), recognizes individuals who have demonstrated strong support of the ETSU Foundation and exhibited a “commitment to helping ETSU, its faculty, staff and students become the best regional institution in the country.” Recipients have exhibited not only financial support, but also loyalty to and support for the mission of ETSU and the Foundation.
Kennedy, who has served since 2001 on the Foundation board of directors, graduated from ETSU in 1969 and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army through the university’s ROTC program. After serving the Army in North Carolina, Georgia and Colorado, the Kingsport native returned home and worked in accounting, customer service, marketing and other areas with the Kingsport Press, Arcata Corp. and Quebecor.
In 1981, Kennedy joined AFG Industries (now AGC Flat Glass North America), one of the largest glass manufacturers in North America, and held numerous executive positions before becoming chairman, president and CEO of the company in 1999. The company grew under his leadership, adding new plants in the U.S. and Mexico. Kennedy served on the board of directors of the Glass Association of North America, was named one of the most influential people in the glass industry and was awarded numerous certificates of achievement prior to his retirement in 2004.
Along with then-AFG corporate executives R.D. Hubbard and Wayne Basler, Kennedy was instrumental in the creation of the AFG Industries Chair of Excellence in Business and Technology at ETSU.
In addition to his service to the ETSU Foundation, Kennedy and his wife, Martha, enjoy attending Buccaneer sporting events, and numerous members of their family are ETSU graduates.