Dustin Cole Howser

Dustin, son of Darlene and Tim Howser, graduated with honors and highest distinction from Bristol Tennessee High School.

He is an accomplished song writer and studio musician. As lead guitarist and session leader for Phoenix Record’s National country artist, Brad Puckett, Dustin’s talent and love for music earned him the “Best Act” award at the Gatlinburg, Tennessee “Smokey Mountain Songwriter’s Festival.”

Dustin graduated Summa Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University with a degree in engineering. He was awarded the “Mechanical Engineering Program Award” as the top mechanical engineer of the graduating class. He completed internships with Domtar Corporation, in Kingsport and VEXTEC, in Nashville. He worked in research in the Biomechanics and Assistive Technology lab at Vanderbilt and is a co-author of a patent-pending invention. He served as president of Vanderbilt Circle K, as well as vice president of the Vanderbilt Aerospace Club. He received the NASA USLI “National Experiment Design Award” for his payload design for the Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory.

Dustin worked for two years as an Aeronautical Engineer with Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas as a member of the F-16/F-22 Integrated Fighter Group (IFG) and as a mechanical engineer at Nuclear Fuel Services, in Erwin. Currently, he is a Tech Service Rep in the specialty plastics division at Eastman Chemical.  He resides in Johnson City with his wife, Savannah.

    The Niswonger Foundation was established in 2001 to make a positive and sustainable difference in education in Northeast Tennessee. This dream was envisioned by Scott M. Niswonger, who founded Landair Transport, Inc. and Forward Air Corporation. These companies were the first two Greeneville-based companies to be taken public in the history of Greene County, Tennessee. Jointly, the companies have combined annual revenue of over one-billion-dollars and employ more than 5000 people.


    223 North Main Street
    P.O. Box 1508
    Greeneville, TN 37744


    (423) 820-8181


    (423) 588-5933