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Spring 2018 Commencement Speaker

John Forgety

Representative John ForgetyRepresentative John Forgety knows education. For 40 years, he occupied a variety of roles in public education, including superintendent of schools for 16 years. In 2006, he received the Southeast District Superintendent of the Year award and in 2007, Superintendent of the Year award for the State of Tennessee. 

Forgety served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 2010 to 2018. He was chairman of the Instruction and Programs committee and a member of the House Civil Justice Committee. During his time in Tennessee leadership, Forgety received several awards, including Legislator of the Year from the Tennessee School Health Coalition in 2017, and Legislative Leadership Award Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents in 2012 and 2016.

Forgety spent four years as a letterman football player at Maryville College, where he also received his BS in health and physical education. He attended Tennessee Technical University in Cookeville, Tennessee, and earned his MA and EdS in education administration and supervision before going on to Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for his EdD in education leadership. 

Forgety is retired from 20 years of service in the Tennessee Army National Guard, but at age 58, he was called to active duty in Iraqi Freedom III Operation Thunder Road. He served for 19 months in Diayala Province, Iraq, and received the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit, and Distinguished Service Medal. 

Forgety lives in Athens, Tennessee, with his wife Faye. He is a member of the First Baptist Church in Etowah, active in his community, and received the McMinn County Man of the Year award in 2006.

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