Matthew Stephen Sheppard

Matthew Sheppard is the son of Gerald and Melanie Sheppard. He graduated from Sullivan South High School where he maintained a 4.0 GPA and ranked first in his class. Matthew served as president of the Student Council and Key Club. He was DECA Club Treasurer, and manager of the track team. Matthew was recognized by the Kingsport Kiwanis Club as the 2011 Outstanding Key Clubber. He was a member of National Honor Society and qualified for international competition in DECA.

Matthew graduated from Clemson University with a degree in industrial engineering. During his freshman year, he served as Governor of the Holmes/McCabe Community Council and was selected “Governor of the Year.” In his sophomore year, he was Vice President of the Clemson Residence Hall Association. Matthew is a member of the Clemson Chapter of Institute of Industrial Engineers; he served as a Vice Chairman of the IIE 2015 Mid-Atlantic Conference Planning Board. He has interned with Siemens Industry in Johnson City, TN and completed a one-year co-op program with General Electric Lighting in Hendersonville, NC.

Matthew successfully defended a thesis entitled “Physical and Virtual Prototyping in Product Design” to complete his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University. He has accepted a teaching position in Electrical Engineering Technology at East Tennessee State University.  He and his wife Danielle reside in Bristol, Virginia.

    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