William Eddie Harmon of Maryville received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during commencement ceremonies at Hiwassee College on May 3. He received his A.A. degree in 1965 from Martin Methodist College and continued his education at Maryville College and the University of Tennessee to earn B.A. and M.S. degrees.
Harmon has served as a high school and college counselor and is a successful real estate investor and business owner. He attends Broadway United Methodist Church and previously served as the chairman of the Administrative Council at First United Methodist in Pigeon Forge. He is active in the community and is a past president of the Gatlinburg and Sevierville Kiwanis Clubs. He was named Outstanding Young Man in Blount County by the Maryville-Alcoa Jaycees.
He has also served on many nonprofit and college boards including Tennessee Wesleyan College, the Blount County Library Foundation, Blount Hearing and Speech Foundation and Holston Home for Children. Presently he serves on the board of trustees at Martin Methodist College and the board of directors at Maryville College.
Harmon is an ardent supporter of Hiwassee College’s mission and students.
“Ed helps open the eyes of others to new understandings about God’s creation and God’s human family,” said Hiwassee College President Jim Noseworthy. “Hiwassee College is pleased to honor Ed’s distinguished career of community leadership and service and his exceptional contribution to humanity and society.”