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Niswonger Foundation Announces New Board Members

      ALAN LEVINE           JOHN TWEED          DAVID GOLDEN

Scott M. Niswonger, Chairman and Founder of the Niswonger Foundation, announced the addition of three members to the Foundation’s Board of Directors: Alan Levine, President and CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance; John Tweed, President and CEO of Landair Transport, Inc.; and David Golden, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Counsel, Sustainability Officer, and Corporate Secretary for Eastman Chemical Company. 

Alan Levine has 20 years of hospital operations experience, having served as CEO of hospitals and health systems from the rural north Florida town of Perry to the fifth largest public not-for-profit health system in the nation.  Levine served on Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s Cabinet as the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals and as Governor Jindal’s senior health policy advisor.  He also served as the deputy chief of staff and the senior health policy advisor to Florida Governor Jeb Bush prior to his appointment by Governor Bush to serve as the secretary of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, an agency responsible for administering a $17 billion budget. 

He serves on the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida, the governing body of Florida’s 12 state universities.  He is Chairman of Audit and Compliance and is a member of the Finance and Building committees.  Prior to his service on the Board of Governors, he served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Florida, Florida’s flagship research university.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.  Levine and his wife Laura live in Johnson City.  They have two adult children, Terry and Katy. 

John Tweed has extensive experience as both an entrepreneur and an executive in the distribution and freight transportation industries. He is the chief executive responsible for the strategic direction, operation and financial performance of Landair Transport, Inc.

He oversees the management of all Landair operations and customer service, including logistics strategy development and implementation, sales and marketing, fleet operations and maintenance, recruiting, finance, safety and information technology, as well as the company’s continuous improvement and environmental sustainability initiatives.

Tweed was named Landair’s CEO in 2000, 15 years after he joined the company and following positions as the company’s vice president of sales and as special-projects manager. In 1996 he founded Warehouse Logistics LLC, a contract distribution services company jointly owned with Landair’s founder, Scott M. Niswonger. Warehouse Logistics later merged with Landair, strengthening the company’s warehouse distribution operations and capabilities, with over four million square feet of space.

Tweed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from East Tennessee State University. Recently, he received the ETSU College of Business and Technology “Lifetime Achievement in Business Award.” He is an active committee and board member for several industry associations and community organizations.

David A. Golden has responsibility for Eastman's Legal, Corporate HSES, and Global Public Affairs and Policy Departments, which has personnel in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He also has overall responsibility for Eastman's Ethics & Corporate Compliance program. Immediately prior to this position, he was Vice President, Associate General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary with overall responsibility for Eastman’s Legal Department.

Golden is a native of Albany, Georgia. He holds both Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degrees from Brigham Young University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif. He served on the management committee of the Law Review. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2012.

He joined Eastman in 1995 as an attorney and has held positions of increasing responsibility, including serving as the Company's Director of Internal Audit and Vice President and Assistant General Counsel in charge of Commercial and International Law groups. Golden assumed his current role in January 2013. Prior to joining Eastman, he worked in the Atlanta office of the law firm of Hunton & Williams.


Golden is a member of the American Corporate Counsel Association, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals and the Ethics and Compliance Officers Association. He served on the Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission and currently serves in a leadership role with several non-profit organizations in his community. He serves on the advisory council for Western Governors University (WGU) and is a former member of the editorial board of the American Bar Association's Natural Resources & Environment journal. Golden and his wife Jennifer reside in Kingsport. They have six children.

The Board of Directors guides the work of the Niswonger Foundation which includes the two major areas of focus: the School Partnership program and the Scholarship and Leadership program. These programs support public school systems in the First Congressional District of Tennessee. 

The School Partnership program provides support for school programs from grades Pre-K to 12; and partnerships with the region’s colleges and universities. Programs are specifically designed to address the challenges of rural education.  A special focus of the work is preparing students for post-secondary education and careers.  This effort gained national attention resulting in the receipt of an “Investing in Innovation” grant from the U.S. Department of Education. 

The Scholarship and Leadership program is like no other in the United States.  Niswonger Scholars are selected through a nomination process that seeks to identify the region’s best and brightest future leaders.  They are given the opportunity to attend the college or university that will best prepare them for success in their field of study, while participating in a four-year leadership program. A unique feature of the program is that these students commit to returning to Northeast Tennessee to work in their chosen careers. The plan is that by enabling these students to pursue their academic passion and by cultivating their leadership abilities, they will return to be the future leaders of Northeast Tennessee.

The Niswonger Foundation expands its philosophy of “Learn, Earn and Return” beyond Northeast Tennessee through involvement in numerous statewide educational initiatives, and shares a percentage of the operating funds for grants to other not-for-profit agencies for programs that support the Foundation’s mission: To create opportunities for individual and community growth through education and other sustainable projects.”

Commenting on the appointments of the new Board Members, Dr. Nancy Dishner, President and CEO stated: “We have gained remarkable assets for the Niswonger Foundation.  These three individuals bring a wealth of management and leadership skills to the table.” She further commented:  “Each of these individuals has had a longstanding interest in education and has shown tremendous support for the mission the Foundation. Importantly, they are all exceptional role models for the Niswonger Scholars. We are honored to have them engaged in our work.”  

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