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Dr. Nancy Dishner: A Trefoil Society Honoree

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The Trefoil Society Luncheon is a special event held each year where the community gathers to recognize a woman who has exemplified the mission of Girl Scouts throughout her life, living with courage, confidence, and character while making the world a better place. This August and September three luncheons will be held, each one organized by the Girl Scouts Council of Southern Appalachians’ Philanthropy department. The first one takes place in Johnson City and the honoree is Dr. Nancy Dishner, a native of Erwin, TN.  

Dr. Nancy Dishner is President and CEO of the Niswonger Foundation. She previously served as Vice Provost for Enrollment Services and Director of the Roan Scholars Leadership Program at East Tennessee State University. She was a tenured professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She also served as Special Assistant to the University President. Her early experience was as a public school teacher in Unicoi County. Her 43-year career has focused on providing opportunities for children to receive the best educational opportunities possible in order to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

Nancy is an alumna of East Tennessee State University with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education, Masters in Supervision and Administration, and a Doctorate in Administration. She is the recipient of the ETSU Outstanding Staff Award, served at Staff Senate President, and is recognized in the ETSU Clemmer College of Education Hall of Fame. Nancy served two terms as President of Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She was named the ETSU Outstanding Alumna for 2013, and has a street named in her honor on the campus.

Dr. Dishner served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County Chamber of Commerce, establishing and chairing the Partners in Education program for Johnson City and Washington County. She served on the Johnson City Public Building Authority as both secretary and chair of the public relations committee. 

She is a Commissioner on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission; on the Board of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, serving as vice president; and a board member for the Governor’s Books from Birth program. She serves as a Board member for Communities in Schools and on the Board of Tennesseans for Quality Early Education. Nancy serves on the Board of Directors for the Niswonger Foundation and on the Executive Council for the Niswonger Children’s Hospital. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Tusculum University. 

“We are thrilled Dr. Dishner is one of our Trefoil Society Honorees for 2019,” says Elizabeth Kramer, Vice President of Philanthropy. “Throughout her career she has focused on providing opportunities for children to receive the best educational opportunities possible. She truly exemplifies what Girl Scouts values: a G.I.R.L.; a go-getter, innovator, risk taker, and leader. She is making the world a better place because of her efforts.”

The luncheon will be held at Johnson City Country Club on Unaka Avenue in Johnson City, TN on Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. To reserve your seat, contact Marguerite Hogan, Special Events and Campaign Manager at GSCSA, by phone at 800.474.1912 or email at

If you are unable to attend but would like to give a gift in honor of Dr. Dishner, please donate online or send a check to:
Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians
Philanthropy Department
1567 Downtown West Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37919

This luncheon is generously sponsored by Eastman Credit Union, Peoples Community Bank, and Public Information Associates.

Dr. Nancy Dishner