The annual Public Schools Hall of Fame brings the city together to support public school excellence and to honor alumni and community leaders who have made an impact on the city’s public school system.

2017 Honorees

Judge Sheila Calloway,

Nelson C. Andrews Award

Davidson County
Juvenile Court Judge
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Calloway will receive the NPEF’s highest honor for her work on behalf of at-risk youth across the city. As the Davidson County Juvenile Court judge, she has made it her life’s calling to develop more innovative supports to help at-risk youth. Her leadership and advocacy for kids have extended far beyond the Juvenile Court bench, however. She co-chaired the Mayor’s Youth Violence Summit and Task Force, served on the Search Advisory Team tasked with recruiting a new director of schools, and advocated for kids and families on dozens of community boards.

Joey Hatch,

Distinguished Alumni Award

Executive vice president and general manager of Skanska USA’s Midwest Region
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Hatch is the executive vice president and general manager of Skanska USA’s Midwest Region. At Skanska, Hatch was instrumental in developing the company’s Diversity Business Program and is a founding member of Skanska’s National Diversity and Inclusion Council. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents earlier this year and represents the 7th Congressional District. Hatch serves on the boards of several organizations, including the YWCA and Conexión Américas, and serves on Mayor Megan Barry’s Gender Equity Council. He is a graduate of Hillsboro High School.

Dr. Valerie Malyvanh Jansen,

Distinguished Alumni Award

Medical oncologist at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in the Division of Hematology and Oncology
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Jansen is a medical oncologist at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. She also conducts translational breast cancer research as an instructor in medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Jansen has received numerous awards for her work, including the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Merit Award, the ASCO Young Investigator Award, the Susan G. Komen Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, and the American Association for Cancer Research Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award. She is a graduate of John Overton High School.

Janet Miller,

Distinguished Alumni Award

CEO of the Nashville office of
Colliers International
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Miller is the CEO of the Nashville office of Colliers International, a global commercial real estate firm. Prior to joining Colliers, she served as the chief economic development officer for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce for 21 years. At the Chamber, she was responsible for development and implementation of national marketing strategies and led a team that was named a top 10 economic development group in America for multiple years. Miller is the past president of the Rotary Club of Nashville, chairwoman of the YWCA board, and a board member of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and numerous other boards. She is a graduate of Hillwood High School.

Inspiring Innovation Award Winner

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Nashville Public Library

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Education Networks of America
Ingram Industries
Cat Financial
Belmont University
Dollar General Corporation
James Stephen Turner Family Foundation
Lipman Brothers and the R.S. Lipman Company
Lipscomb University
PNC Bank
Ryman Hospitality Properties Foundation
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust
Bone McAllester Norton PLLC
First Tennessee Foundation
H.G. Hill Realty Company
HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Rogers Group, Inc.
Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison
Standard Functional Foods
Standard Functional Foods Group
Strategy Group
Trauger & Tuke

2017 Host Committee

Mayor Megan Barry
Dr. Shawn Joseph

Sheila & James Bearden
Jeff Bradford
Dr. JoAnn Brannon
Phil Bredesen
Vice Mayor David Briley
Barbara & Gregory Burns
Daphne & Rawls Butler
Pamela & Michael Carter
Krystal Clark
Ashley & Joe Cook
Martha & Jim Cooper
Brenda & Ron Corbin
Maggie & Tim Corbin
Rev. Dr. Judy Cummings
Jana & Ansel Davis
Suann & Ralph Davis
Anne Davis & Karl Dean
Donna & Chuck Denny
V.H. “Sonnye” Dixon
Margaret & Steve Dolan
Shani & Randy Dowell
Tara & Bryce Drew
Annette Eskind
Donna & Jeffrey Eskind
Molly Boyd & Chris Ferrell
Judy & Bob Fisher
Christina & Dana Ford
Mignon Francois
Ashley & Ben Freeland
Gloria & Darrell Freeman
Jennifer & Billy Frist


Wanda & Jerry Lyle

Julie & Tommy Frist
Senator & Mrs. William H. Frist
Howard Gentry
Dr. Sharon Gentry
Tamara & Eddie George
Dr. Glenda Glover
Katy Varney & Dave Goetz
Max R. Goldberg
Jose D. Gonzalez
Jamie & Jimmy Granbery
Margaret & Tony Heard
Carrie & Damon Hininger
Dan Hogan
Laura & John Hollingsworth
Karen & Sam Howard
Tyese Hunter
Lee Ann & Orrin Ingram
Marion & Decosta Jenkins
Denice & R. Milton Johnson
Tracy & Jeremy Kane
Beverly Keel
Attorney & Mrs. Edward T. Kindall
Marcia & Lewis Lavine
Candice & Sean Lee
Sandra & Larry Lipman
Rhonda & Randy Lowry
Debby Dale Mason
LeighAnne & Derek Mason
Mary Roskilly & Chuck Miller
Rita P. Mitchell
Dana Elizabeth Moore

Caroline & Rob McNeilly

Laura Moore
Juli & Ralph Mosley
LaVoe Mulgrew
Anna Page
Tara Scarlett & Michael Peacock
Mary & Mark Pierce
Debbie Miller & Bill Purcell
Richard Riebeling
Sharon K. Roberson
Anna Shepherd
Tom & Dana Sherrard
Stephanie & Tracy Silverman
Holly & Clint Smith
Frances & Jimmy Spradley
Sunny & Butch Spyridon
Brenda & Joe N. Steakley
James R. Threalkill
Byron Trauger
Abby Trotter
Judy & Steve Turner
Dr. Christina & Tom Ward
Michelle Fletcher & Stephanie White
Rachel & Marcus Whitney
Gail & David Williams
Jerry & Ernie Williams
Jamie & Bill Woodson
Renata Soto & Pete Wooten
Allison & D.J. Wootson
Pam & Tom Wylly
Brenda & Emmett Wynn
Alecia & Victor Wynn
Nicholas S. Zeppos

Fifty-nine Nashvillians have been inducted into the NPEF Hall of Fame.

See why our 2016 Nelson C. Andrews Distinguished Service Award honoree was chosen:
See why our 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award honorees were chosen:
See why our 2016 Inspiring Innovation Award honoree was chosen:

The Inspiring Innovation award is given to an MNPS teacher, initiative or school that exemplifies NPEF’s commitment to bringing bold, innovative strategies to our public schools. The 2016 honoree was the Nashville Newcomer Academy.


Nelson C. Andrews Distinguished Service Award Honorees

The Nelson C. Andrews Distinguished Service Award is given to a dynamic and impactful civic, business or political leader in the Nashville community who demonstrates the pinnacle of commitment and service to improving the quality of life for our residents through his or her support and advocacy of public education.

  • Renata Soto (2016)

    Co-founder and Executive Director of Conexión Américas

  • Ralph Mosley (2015)

    Former CEO, Southwestern/Great American, Inc.

  • Juli Mosley (2015)

    Community Volunteer

  • Phil Bredesen (2014)

    Former Governor of Tennessee and Former Mayor of Nashville

  • Dr. Bill Frist (2014)

    Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and Founder of Tennessee SCORE

  • Margaret O. Dolan (2013)

    President and CEO, LocalShares Knowledge, LLC

  • Dr. Robert Fisher (2012)

    President, Belmont University

  • Orrin Ingram (2011)

    President and CEO, Ingram Industries Inc.

  • Tammy Genovese (2010)

    Former CEO, Country Music Association

  • Kix Brooks (2010)

    Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter

  • Thomas J. Sherrard, III (2009)

    Founding Member, Sherrard & Roe, PLC

  • Bill Purcell (2008)

    Former Mayor of Nashville

  • Nelson C. Andrews (2007)

    Founder and Former Board Chairman, Brookside Properties

  • Dr. Jean Litterer (2006)

    Former Principal, Hillsboro High School

  • Annette S. Eskind (2005)

    Education Advocate and Founder of the Original Nashville Public Education Foundation

Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees

The Public Schools Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Award is a celebration of the best and brightest graduates of Metro Nashville Public Schools who are committed to public education, have displayed leadership in their respective professions, have made significant business, political or civic contributions, and have positively impacted the lives of others and serves to inspire future graduates to perform and serve in the same spirit.

2016 Honorees

  • Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw Jr.

    Federal District Judge of the Middle District of Tennessee

  • Joe Steakley

    Senior Vice President of Internal Audit and Risk Services at HCA

  • The Rev. Dr. Becca Stevens

    Founder and President of Thistle Farms

2015 Honorees

  • Decosta Jenkins

    President and CEO, Nashville Electric Service

  • Mary Carol Humphreys Friddell

    President, NATS, Inc.

  • Mark Rowan

    President, Griffin Technology

  • Beverly Keel

    Chair and Professor, Middle Tennessee State University’s Department of Recording Industry

2014 Honorees

  • Dr. Jeffrey Eskind

    Saint Thomas Medical Group and Associate Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University

  • Sandra Lipman

    Community Leader and Volunteer

  • James Bearden

    CEO of Gresham, Smith and Partners

  • Brenda Wynn

    Davidson County Clerk

2013 Honorees

  • Walter Overton

    General Manager, Tennessee Titans/LP Field

  • Dr. Steven Eskind

    Director, Surgical Clerkship Program, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • Robert Lipman

    President and CEO, Lipman Brothers, Inc.

2012 Honorees

  • Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D.

    Senior Pastor, St. Andrew African Methodist Episcopal Church

  • Joe Casey

    Former Chief of Police, Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

  • Emily Reynolds

    Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Tennessee Valley Authority

2011 Honorees

  • Shirley Zeitlin

    CEO, Zeitlin & Company Realtors

  • James Fyke

    Former Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Former Director, Metro Parks

  • Charles Davis

    CEO, Charles Davis Foundation

2010 Honorees

  • Dr. Keith Churchwell

    Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute

  • R. Milton Johnson

    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, HCA

  • Richard Fulton

    Former U.S. Representative and Former Mayor of Nashville

  • Walter Knestrick

    Founder, Walter Knestrick Contractors, Inc.

2009 Honorees

  • Denny Bottorff

    Managing General Partner, Council Capital

  • Patsy Bradley

    Former Vice President, Broadcast Music, Inc.

  • Dr. Kevin Churchwell

    CEO, DuPont Hospital for Children

2008 Honorees

  • Earl Swensson

    Founder, Swensson Associates, Inc.

  • Marynell Meador

    Former General Manager, Atlanta Dream (WNBA Franchise)

  • Dr. Antonio Gotto Jr.

    Weill Cornell Medical College

2007 Honorees

  • Barry Scott

    Actor and Producer

  • James Sasser

    Former U.S. Senator

  • Dr. Judson Randolph

    Retired Surgeon in Chief, Children’s Hospital, Washington, D.C.

2006 Honorees

  • Dr. T.B. Boyd, III

    President and CEO, R.H. Boyd Publishing Company

  • Buzz Cason

    President, Southern Writers Group

  • Charles Holliday Jr.

    Former Chairman, Bank of America and Dupont

2005 Honorees

  • Perry E. Wallace Jr.

    Professor of Law, Washington College of Law at American University

  • William P. Lawrence

    Former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy

  • H. Jackson Brown

    Author, “Life’s Little Instruction Book”