Hope Marie Adkins

Originally from Church Hill, Hope graduated from Volunteer High School. Hope graduated Magna Cum Laude from Carson-Newman University with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. She has recently been named a certified Family and Consumer Scientist (CFCS) through the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). While at Carson-Newman she received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the highest honor that is given to a graduating senior. She also served as the Student Ambassador Association President and as Chair of the Carson-Newman Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Student Organization and was awarded the Braden Family and Consumer Sciences Outstanding Senior Award.

Hope serves as Coordinator of Special Projects for the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Life at the University of Tennessee. Previously, she was the Director of Academic Operations and Outreach for the College of Professional Studies; as Coordinator of Alumni Relations and the Annual Fund at Carson-Newman University. She also worked as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at West High School, in Knoxville. She earned her Master’s in Higher Education: College Administration and Leadership from Purdue University.  She is pursuing a PhD in Higher Education Administration at the University of Tennessee.

    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