Michael “Gage” Armstrong

Gage Armstrong, son of Michael and Laurie Armstrong, graduated from Chuckey-Doak High School, ranking first in his class and maintaining a 4.0 GPA. He served as co-president of the National Honor Society, played four years of varsity baseball and was a member of the bowling team. He was a member of both the Scholar’s Bowl and Round Robin teams. Gage participated in the Greene County Youth Leadership program, the Greene County Youth Council, and served as a student representative on the Greene County Board of Education. He was recognized as a Tennessee Scholar and served as a volunteer at Laughlin Memorial Hospital.

Gage graduated Summa Cum Laude as a Midway Honors Scholar form East Tennessee State University with a B.S. degree in Biology and a minor in Health Sciences. During his time at ETSU, Gage worked at a research lab in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine. His work was a special project concerning nervous system and immune system communication in sepsis.

Gage is an Applications Development Scientist in Specialty Plastics at Eastman Chemical Company. He is on the Senior Leadership Team of The City Church and serves as the Director of the Stewardship Team.  He and his wife Raini reside in Johnson City.

    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.


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