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Two Jonesborough residents inducted into ETSU Business and Techology Hall of Fame

The East Tennessee State University College of Business and Technology inducted several new members into its Hall of Fame during a ceremony Oct. 28, including two Jonesborough residents.
D. Roger Kennedy earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management at ETSU in 1969.
He was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant through the ETSU Army ROTC and spent the next years serving in Georgia.
In the early 1980s, he became a market analyst for AFG Industries, a fairly new entry into the field of glass-production. He rose rapidly to the position of vice president of marketing. In 1986, AFG became a private company and eventually was sold to Asahi, the Japan-based largest glass company in the world. Only five senior AFG personnel stayed on, including Kennedy, who became president and chief executive officer of AFG’s North American Distribution and Fabrication Group in Atlanta.
Kennedy directed that office for 11 years, then became president and chief executive officer of AFG in 1999 and served in those roles until his retirement in 2004.
Named the 2005 ETSU Outstanding Alumnus, Kennedy serves as chairman of the ETSU Foundation, serves on the ETSU Alumni Board, and is the alumni representative on the Intercollegiate Athletics Standing Committee.
He and his wife, Martha, are members of the President’s Trust Silver Society and the ETSU Legacy Circle. They have endowed a business and technology scholarship fund and an intercollegiate athletic scholarship fund through estate planning.
The Kennedys have settled in Jonesborough.
Charles O. Steagall attended what was then East Tennessee State College and graduated in 1966 with a degree in accounting.
He joined the Johnson City accounting firm of Blackburn and Childers, successfully passed the Certified Public Accountant exam in 1968, and became a partner the next year. Blackburn, Childers and Steagall, PCL is now the largest accounting firm in Northeast Tennessee, with offices in Johnson City, Kingsport and Greeneville.
During his 45 years with the firm, Steagall has provided accounting, consulting and tax services to a wide variety of clients. In addition, he specializes in business valuations and litigation support services.
ETSU presented Steagall with an Award of Honor in 2007, and he has served on the ETSU Foundation Board. He served for many years as treasurer of the ETSU Foundation.
Steagall and his wife, the former Nona Peters, reside in Jonesborough.