Northeast Alabama Community College Foundation Board will be hosting its annual Holiday Gala on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the William M. Beck Health and Fine Arts Building. “The gala moved into this building last year and hosted over 400 guests,” said Heather Rice, Director of Development at NACC. “We hope to host that many this year and more. There will be great food, a musical performance from our own ENCORE! lead by Dr. Kathy Adkins and great music with a dance floor lead by Mr. Stacy Morris and NACC's Jazz Ensemble.”
This year’s honoree is Mr. Fred Johnson. Johnson serves as the Executive Vice President and General Manager (CEO) of the Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative in Rainsville, Alabama. Widely known as a leader among Alabama’s telecommunication companies, it is the state’s largest member-owned provider of such services.
Dr. David Campbell, President of NACC said, "We are honored to have Fred Johnson as our Alumnus of the Year. Mr. Johnson is a national leader in the telecommunications field. His work and vision have permitted Northeast to be one of the few Gig Broadband colleges in the Southeast. We are so proud of what he has accomplished for us and his customers."
Prior to assuming his duties in 2002 as the organization’s chief executive, Johnson served as its chief financial officer, having joined the company in that capacity in 1993. Before that his career spanned senior financial posts in the rural electric cooperative industry and the field of public accounting.
Johnson is actively involved in the national telecommunications industry. He currently represents the Southeastern US as a member of the Board of Directors of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association (www.ntca.org). NTCA is the nation’s leading association of rural telecommunications companies. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Dulles, Virginia, based Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative (www.rtfc.coop). His service on that board includes a rotation through its leadership positions including the non-executive post of President. RTFC is one of the nation’s leading financial service firms providing capital to the rural telecom industry and is affiliated with the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (www.nrucfc.coop). In 2013, Johnson was appointed by Governor Bentley to the Alabama 9-1-1 Board which oversees the funding of the State’s Emergency Communications Districts. He currently serves as it Chairman.
Outside of his responsibilities to the telecom industry, Mr. Johnson serves as a public member of the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Bible Higher Education. This is a principle accrediting agency for North American collegiate schools of biblical education. He presently chairs the Commission’s Committee on Financial Exigency.
Johnson is a 1982 graduate of Southern Wesleyan University of Central, South Carolina, from which he holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Accounting and Business Administration. He holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1984 and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Alabama Society of CPAs, and the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives.
Johnson writes a bi-monthly column for his organization’s magazine (Connected Online) and has written for industry publications on a number of issues. He has published articles in two professional journals on the application of general cost of capital theory to the cooperatively owned business environment.
A native of Mentone, Alabama, Johnson is married to the former Susan Millwood of Pickens, South Carolina and currently resides in Rainsville, Alabama. He and Susan have three children, Phillip, Paige, and Peyton, a daughter-in-law, Page and a son-in-law, Marcus. Two grandchildren, Parker and Tucker are the newest additions to the family. Fred and Susan attend the Broadway Baptist Church and are actively involved in the ministries of that congregation.
“It is truly humbling to be named Alumnus of the Year because of the incredible impact that NACC has upon the well-being of our area,” said Johnson. “We are indeed fortunate to have such a class institution as part of our community. To be recognized by such outstanding folks is a real honor.”
NACC Foundation Board members invite all alumni and friends of the College to this event. All funds raised through this event support the mission of the college through scholarships for NACC students. The cost is $75.00 per person or you can purchase a Patron Table of 8 for $600.00. You can reserve your seat by contacting Heather Rice at 256.638.4418, ext. 2301 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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