Community service

Richard Donnell, Sr. receives the Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award

JACKSON, TN (TN Tribune) – Atty. Richard Donnell, Senior Advisor to the President of Lane College, received the Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

He is one of five faculty/staff recipients from Tennessee institutions of higher learning to win the service award. As a senior adviser, Donnell defends the college on federal, state, and local government affairs; assists the President in developing and promoting strategies to influence Lane College’s public policy priorities at these levels of government; and creates external communications to core constituents and college stakeholders on a full range of strategic issues.

He is also the project coordinator for Lane’s Second Chance Pell program, which provides college-level, degree-granting courses to incarcerated individuals at the North West Correctional Complex in Tiptonville, Tennessee. The goal of the project is to reduce recidivism and build a pipeline between prison and college.

Donnell also hosts two radio shows from Jackson, Tennessee on WFKX-FM and WLCD-LP.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this community service award from the Tennessee Commission on Higher Education. To be recognized by such an august body is indeed an honor and I thank its members for this recognition,” said Donnell.

Community service recognition programs for higher education students and faculty/staff at the campus level were established in Tennessee by legislation enacted by the General Assembly in 1991.

In 1997, the awards were named in honor of the late Representative Harold Love, who was instrumental in getting the enabling legislation passed. The Tennessee Commission on Higher Education was tasked with developing rules and regulations to implement these programs for public and private two- and four-year institutions.

A working group made up of representatives of the institution and the board of directors is convened each year to examine each
proposal submitted by the campuses and to select the five recipient students and five faculty/staff.