2020 SOAR Awards

With opportunities for Tennesseans to attend college at an all-time high thanks fo Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, the Tennessee Board of Regents is proud to honor six outstanding students, faculty and staff members and two colleges of the year in its second annual Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR) Awards.

The six individual SOAR Award winners represent Motlow State and Nashville State community colleges, and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) at Elizabethton, Knoxville and Paris.

And the first Partnership of the Year SOAR Award goes to TCATs Jacksboro and Oneida/Huntsville for a partnership they established, along with Somerset Community College in neighboring Kentucky, to address workforce needs in four economically distressed Tennessee counties and four in Kentucky.




Community College of the Year

Roane State Community College

Roane State Community College



Technical College of the Year

TCAT Hohenwald

TCAT Hohenwald


Student of the Year, Community College

Dominic Marcoaldi, Nashville State Community College

Student of the Year, TCAT

Ryan Olivia Cross, TCAT Paris

Faculty Member of the Year, Community College

Kathleen McAdams, Nashville State Community College

Faculty Member of the Year, TCAT

Mike Sledzinski, TCAT Knoxville

Staff Member of the Year, Community College

Sharon Edwards, Motlow State Community College

Staff Member of the Year, TCAT

John Lee, TCAT Elizabethton


SOAR would not be possible without support from amazing partners to TBR—The College System of Tennessee which include:

Event Sponsors
The Ayers Foundation
BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee

Education Champion 
AT&T Tennessee
Denark Construction

College Champion 
First Horizon
Follett Higher Education Group
Orcutt Winslow

Friends of TBR 
Armistead Group
BarberMcMurry Architects
Bill and Pam Summons
Milek Media