United States Congressman, Chuck Fleischmann is scheduled to deliver the commencement address to the graduates.
Fleischmann is a conservative Republican who represents the 3rd District of Tennessee. The District is made up of 11 counties: Anderson, Bradley, Campbell, Hamilton, McMinn, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Roane, Scott and Union.
The Congressman received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois where he received both Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude honors. He then went to the University of Tennessee law school where he received his doctor of jurisprudence.
After graduating from law school, Fleischmann and his wife ran a small business together in Chattanooga for 24 years.
Fleischmann has served on the board of the National Craniofacial Association and on the board of the Cherokee Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He has also served as the president of the Chattanooga Bar Association and chairman of the Chattanooga Lawyers Pro Bono Committee.
In Congress, Fleischmann serves on the vitally important Appropriations Committee.
Fleischmann and his wife, Brenda, live in Ooltewah with their three boys: Chuckie, Jamie and Jeffrey.
Founded in 1849 and charted by the State of Tennessee in 1850, Hiwassee College has grown from the original seven acres donated by The Reverend Daniel B. Carter to start the college to a campus comprised of eighteen buildings situated on sixty acres of a four hundred acre tract of land located just one mile north of the town of Madisonville. Now in its 164th year, the college offers a variety of university parallel and career/vocational programs leading to the associate of arts, associate of science, associate of applied science, bachelor of arts, or bachelor of science degrees.