Richard Wade Vradenburgh

Richard, son of the late William and Deborah Vradenburgh, graduated summa cum laude and in cursu honorum from Tennessee Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He volunteered at the Teens Need Training (TNT) program sponsored by the Cookeville Housing Authority, at the Tennessee Tech Food Pantry, and as a peer tutor on campus. Richard also completed a study abroad semester at King’s College London, worked as a teaching assistant for the Tennessee Tech Math Department, and completed a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Ledoan.

Richard earned a masters degree in mathematics at the University of Virginia. He plans to complete his PhD in mathematics, focusing on number theory, at the University of Georgia, at a later date. He is teaching mathematics at the Commonwealth Governor’s School at Stafford High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His future career goal is to work as a professor of mathematics in East Tennessee. He and his wife Shayla reside in Louisa, 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.


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