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Thank you to our 2022 distinguished panelists for your participation and support

Jon Ellis Meacham

Jon Ellis Meacham

Jon is an American writer, reviewer, historian and presidential biographer who is serving as the current Canon Historian of the Washington National Cathedral.

He is also a Nashville native.

Donald E. Graham

Donald E. Graham

Don is Chairman of the Graham Holding Company (previously The Washington Post). His family published The Washington Post from 1946 until 2013. Upon learning of the plight of undocumented students with no access to college, Graham co-founded TheDream.US, the largest national scholarship fund for DREAMers, created to help undocumented immigrant youth get access to a college education.

John Seigenthaler

John Seigenthaler

John Seigenthaler is an award-winning communications professional, a former anchor and Special Correspondent for NBC News.  John is now a Senior Partner with the global communications firm Finn Partners.  John anchored NBC Nightly News on Saturday and Sunday for more than a decade.  In addition, he on appeared Meet The Press, Dateline, TODAY, CNBC and the Discovery Channel.  After 25 years in New York and Connecticut, Seigenthaler and his wife Kerry recently moved back to his hometown of Nashville.

Highlights of the Evening

  • Two of our partner college presidents, Dr. Dan Boone, Trevecca Nazarene University & Paul Stumb, Cumberland University, shared how ECE scholars have contributed to and enriched the campus experience for all students.
  • ECE Founder Dr. Michael Spalding received the “Michael J Spalding Professorship in Nursing” from Cumberland University in recognition of his dedication to improving the lives of ECE scholars through higher education.
  • Panelists engaged in a lively conversation of personal experiences and historical references on issues concerning immigration and education in the US.
  • Don Graham relayed that his organization, TheDream.US, thenation’s largest scholarship provider from Dreamers, has invested over $2.5million in Tennessee in partnership with ECE.
  • 22 ECE alumni joined the panelists on stage to express their appreciation to ECE and its supporters. Two scholars told the audience about their own heartfelt and inspiring personal journeys.
  • The ECE scholars presented the panelists with “This American Land,”  a coffee table book by photographer Jack Spencer. They also included hand-written excerpts from their personal stories as an example of how they see America and the dreams it represents.

The Evening's Committee

Event Chairs

Neil Krugman and Lee Pratt

Event Host Committee

Charles Robert and Sasha Bone
Andre Churchwell, MD
Trey Lipman
Mark and Diane Janbakhsh
Melissa Mahanes
Tricia Munro
Celeste Reed
Michael Spalding, MD

The Evening's Sponsors

Thank you to our generous Host Sponsor:
The Sandra Schatten Foundation

Presenting Sponsors

Trevecca Nazarene University
The Henry Laird Smith Family Foundation

Benefactor Sponsors

Joyner & Hogan Printers
Lipman Brothers
Jim and Trish Munro

Contributing Sponsors

The Danner Foundation
Cumberland University
Delek US
Steven and Laurie Eskind
Lipscomb University

Supporting Sponsors

HCA Healthcare
Renasant Bank

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