Four Roane State employees named NISOD Excellence Award winners

Four Roane State employees have been recognized as winners of the prestigious Excellence Award bestowed by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD).

NISOD has been named the country’s leading provider of professional development for community college faculty, staff and administrators by the American Association of Community Colleges. The organization is more than 40 years old and provides faculty-focused programs and resources.

Honorees were nominated by their academic deans as well as Vice President of Student Learning Dr. Diane Ward and Roane State President Dr. Chris Whaley. Faculty and staff members chosen for the honor must demonstrate an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues.

The following RSCC employees were recognized this year:

  • Dr. John Brown, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • April Insco, Health Information Management (HIM) Program Director
  • Jillian Miller, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • DeAnna Stephens, Associate Professor of English

“These individuals embody everything that is great about Roane State,” Dr. Whaley said of the nominees. “Each of them strives for excellence, going above and beyond to serve our students every day. We are truly blessed to have them on our team.”

The Roane State recipients will be recognized during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence to be held April 28-31, 2022.

They will also receive a specially cast pewter medallion and a certificate, and their names and titles will be included in a special NISOD publication.

The NISOD Excellence Awards were established in 1991 to provide NISOD member colleges with an opportunity to recognize individuals doing extraordinary work on their campuses. Since then, more than 30,000 recipients have been honored with the Award by their colleges.

Additional information about the NISOD awards is available at

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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