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Regents Recognize Donor, Atchley Honored Alumnus
November 5, 2019

During the fall board meeting of the Walters State Community College Foundation, a late business leader was recognized for his generous support of education and a retired law enforcement officer was honored as the 2019 recipient of the Walters State Distinguished Alumni Award.
The late H. Harrell Pendleton was recognized with one of the highest honors given by the Tennessee Board of Regents: The Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. The award was presented to Jim Hipshire, executor of the Pendleton estate, and the Pendleton family by Chris Perkins, assistant vice chancellor for strategic advancement at TBR.
In his estate, Pendleton established the L. Harrell and Anna Lee Pendleton Endowed Scholarship for Walters State students with financial need. He endowed the scholarship with more than $1.4 million – the largest gift the college has ever received for scholarship purposes.
“Mr. Pendleton valued higher education for the simple fact that he did not have a college degree or any college education. He realized that education could change the culture and future for graduates,” said Dr. Tony Miksa, president of Walters State.
Pendleton was a well-known real estate appraiser. Prior to the start of that career, Pendleton served with the U.S. Army’s 8th Army occupation of Japan. He served as a member of the Morristown Civil Service Board. He was also a Hall of Fame member of the Morristown Parks and Recreation Department and served on Walters State’s Board of Trustees.
He worked closely with his brother, the late William Ray Holdway, in both business and education endeavors. In recognition of their support of Walters State and their service to the community, the second floor of the Clifford H. “Bo” Henry Center for Business and Technology is known as the Holdway-Pendleton Business Wing.
“Mr. Pendleton’s legacy will live on through his generosity to the students of this community,” Miksa said. 
Rick Atchley received the Distinguished Alumni Award. This is the highest honor the college bestows on former students. The award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated outstanding service in their profession and/or community and have brought honor and distinction to Walters State. 
“Rick Atchley’s law enforcement career epitomizes professionalism. He serves as a pillar of inspiration to past, present and future law enforcement officers,” Miksa said.
“Rick retired from the Pigeon Forge Police Department with a record of integrity, distinction and service. He took the training and education he received at Walters State and, with that, impacted the lives of countless individuals and families.” 
Atchley graduated from the Walters State Basic Law Enforcement Academy in 1986, a member of Class 1. He continued his studies and earned an associate’s of applied science degree in public safety and law enforcement, graduating cum laude. His law enforcement career included 32 years with the Pigeon Forge Police Department.
Atchley is a lifelong resident of Sevier County. He served in the U.S. Army from 1976-79. He has been married to wife Leslie for 41 years.  

In the picture:: The Tennessee Board of Regents presented the Regent’s Award for Philanthropy to the family of the late H. Harrell Pendleton. Through his estate, Pendleton established the H. Harrell and Anna Lee Pendleton Scholarship Endowment. From left are Dr. Tony Miksa, president of Walters State; Faye Snowden, sister to Pendleton; Lena Holdway, the widow of Ray Holdway and sister-in-law to Pendleton; Jim Hipshire, executor of the Pendleton estate; and Chris Perkins, assistant vice president for strategic advancement at Walters State.