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HC*EXCELL Founders' Information
The creation of the Hamblen County Foundation for Educational Excellence and Achievement, HC*EXCELL, was sparked by a gift of $50,000 established by Dr. Kojiro Yamaoka, chairman of the Tuff Torq Corporation, at the plant dedication on April 20, 1990. The $50,000 was given to endow higher education scholarships in math and/or science for Hamblen County students.

This gift inspired an effort to encourage other companies and entities to partner in improving K-12 education and post-secondary success. Ernie Walker Ed.D., then superintendent of Hamblen County Schools, Takao Ogashita, then president of Tuff Torq Corporation, and Dwight Nelson, then interim president of the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, applied for and received the designated non-profit status of 501(c)(3). In December 1991, HC*EXCELL was officially established as Hamblen County’s Education Foundation.

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HC*Excell Benefactors

The HC*EXCELL Board of Directors would like to recognize our contributors who allow us to sustain and grow educational excellence and achievement in Hamblen County.



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