Columbia State Foundation Announces Chancellor's Award Recipient

Award given to Veena Anand

Photo Caption: Pictured, left to right: Barry White, Columbia State Foundation chair; Dr. Warren Nichols, Tennessee Board of Regents vice chancellor; Dr. Veena Anand; and Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president.

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – May 17, 2015) - - -
Dr. Veena Anand was honored at the Columbia State Community College Foundation’s annual award luncheon Wednesday, June 10 as the recipient of the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.

Recognized for her contributions to Columbia State, Dr. Warren Nichols, vice chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, presented the award to Anand, pointing out that she understands the important role Columbia State plays in the lives of its students and communities.

“Her contributions to the college will leave a lasting opportunity for students to grow and flourish,” Nichols said.

In November 2013, Anand and her family provided for the naming of the “Amar Kirti Anand Lobby,” a student engagement lounge for Columbia State students, in a dedication ceremony to celebrate the memory of her son. 

After the Anand family expressed their desire to do something special in honor of Amar, the “Amar Kirti Anand Endowed Scholarship,” was established in order to help students with financial need, studying English or who are involved with the international education program to pursue their degree. 

Originally from India, Anand and her husband, the late Dr. Veender Anand, came to the U.S. to provide health care and were recruited as young physicians to come to Hohenwald. Anand and her family have a long relationship with Columbia State and desired to honor Amar’s memory because they believe in helping others and giving back. 

“Dr. Anand and her family are dedicated to Columbia State, our students and student success. She generously gives of her time and talents to help others,” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. “Her gifts honor one life and help others find the life they want.”

Anand thanked Nichols for her award and expressed her gratitude to Smith for the nomination.

***UPDATE - Dr. Veena Anand passed away July 19. Our condolences go out to her family and friends.

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