Pictured from l. to r.: Tech President Phil Oldham and Tech Foundation Board Member Tom Hudson are pictured at the Foundation Board’s recent meeting where Hudson was recognized for 20 years of service.

Tom Hudson celebrated for 20 years of service

The Tennessee Tech University Foundation Board of Directors honored a departing member and former chair for 20 years of continuous service at its recent meeting.

Tom Hudson, a longtime Nashville business leader and philanthropist who joined the board in 2004, was recognized by university leaders and presented with a placard to mark the conclusion of his board service.

“I want to say on behalf of the board and the university that we are so proud of you and appreciate your service tremendously,” said Kevin Braswell, vice president for university advancement at Tech. “You’ve made a major impact and I hope, as you exit the board that you have a sense of satisfaction from a job well done.”

The Tennessee Tech University Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation helping to secure and oversee gift support for the university and provide advice and assistance to the university president on strategic issues impacting Tech’s future, among other tasks. Board directors are some of Tech’s most distinguished supporters and alumni.

While Hudson earned his engineering and business degrees out-of-state, he was drawn to Tech through interactions with alumni he encountered during his successful construction and development career, most notably as president of the company he co-founded with his father and another partner in 1980.

Hudson has been a generous financial supporter of Tech for nearly 30 years. His sizable donations have led to the establishment of three funds to support Tech students: the Matteson-Hudson Engineering Endowment, the Thomas M. Hudson Endowment for Engineering Excellence and the Matteson-Hudson Engineering Scholarship.

For his career achievements and decades of support for Tech students, Hudson received Tech’s 2009 Engineer of Distinction Award and the Tennessee Board of Regents’ 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. 

Tech President Phil Oldham observed that Hudson’s commitment to Tech was particularly notable, given that he first encountered the university as an adult having already completed his higher educational pursuits.

“It’s remarkable to me that you have developed this level of partnership and loyalty to Tennessee Tech,” said President Oldham. “You have always been not only a scholar but a gentleman in everything you have done.”

Acknowledging board members’ tributes, Hudson expressed gratitude for the chance to serve.

“I want to thank you for the opportunity,” said Hudson. “It’s been an honor and a privilege.”

Learn more about the Tennessee Tech University Foundation at https://www.tntech.edu/univadv/foundation/index.php.

Photo courtesy of Tennessee Tech.

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