The Nashville Public Education Foundation hosts the annual Public Schools Hall of Fame event to bring 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.

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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:

Inspiring Innovation Award

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.

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    The Nashville Newcomer Academy (2016)

See why our 2016 Inspiring Innovation Award was chosen:


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.

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    Renata Soto (2016)

    Co-founder and Executive Director of Conexión Américas

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    Ralph Mosley (2015)

    Former CEO, Southwestern/Great American, Inc.

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    Juli Mosley (2015)

    Community Volunteer

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    Phil Bredesen (2014)

    Former Governor of Tennessee and Former Mayor of Nashville

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    Dr. Bill Frist (2014)

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

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    Margaret O. Dolan (2013)

    President and CEO, LocalShares Knowledge, LLC

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    Dr. Robert Fisher (2012)

    President, Belmont University

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    Orrin Ingram (2011)

    President and CEO, Ingram Industries Inc.

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    Tammy Genovese (2010)

    Former CEO, Country Music Association

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    Kix Brooks (2010)

    Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter

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    Thomas J. Sherrard, III (2009)

    Founding Member, Sherrard & Roe, PLC

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    Bill Purcell (2008)

    Former Mayor of Nashville

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    Nelson C. Andrews (2007)

    Founder and Former Board Chairman, Brookside Properties

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    Dr. Jean Litterer (2006)

    Former Principal, Hillsboro High School

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    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

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    Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw Jr.

    Federal District Judge of the Middle District of Tennessee

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    Joe Steakley

    Senior Vice President of Internal Audit and Risk Services at HCA

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    The Rev. Dr. Becca Stevens

    Founder and President of Thistle Farms

2015 Honorees

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    Decosta Jenkins

    President and CEO, Nashville Electric Service

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    Mary Carol Humphreys Friddell

    President, NATS, Inc.

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    Mark Rowan

    President, Griffin Technology

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    Beverly Keel

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

2014 Honorees

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    Dr. Jeffrey Eskind

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

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    Sandra Lipman

    Community Leader and Volunteer

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    James Bearden

    CEO of Gresham, Smith and Partners

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    Brenda Wynn

    Davidson County Clerk

2013 Honorees

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    Walter Overton

    General Manager, Tennessee Titans/LP Field

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    Dr. Steven Eskind

    Director, Surgical Clerkship Program, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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    Robert Lipman

    President and CEO, Lipman Brothers, Inc.

2012 Honorees

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    Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D.

    Senior Pastor, St. Andrew African Methodist Episcopal Church

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    Joe Casey

    Former Chief of Police, Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

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    Emily Reynolds

    Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Tennessee Valley Authority

2011 Honorees

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    Shirley Zeitlin

    CEO, Zeitlin & Company Realtors

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    James Fyke

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

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    Charles Davis

    CEO, Charles Davis Foundation

2010 Honorees

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    Dr. Keith Churchwell

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

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    R. Milton Johnson

    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, HCA

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    Richard Fulton

    Former U.S. Representative and Former Mayor of Nashville

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    Walter Knestrick

    Founder, Walter Knestrick Contractors, Inc.

2009 Honorees

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    Denny Bottorff

    Managing General Partner, Council Capital

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    Patsy Bradley

    Former Vice President, Broadcast Music, Inc.

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    Dr. Kevin Churchwell

    CEO, DuPont Hospital for Children

2008 Honorees

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    Earl Swensson

    Founder, Swensson Associates, Inc.

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    Marynell Meador

    Former General Manager, Atlanta Dream (WNBA Franchise)

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    Dr. Antonio Gotto Jr.

    Weill Cornell Medical College

2007 Honorees

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    Barry Scott

    Actor and Producer

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    James Sasser

    Former U.S. Senator

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    Dr. Judson Randolph

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

2006 Honorees

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    Dr. T.B. Boyd, III

    President and CEO, R.H. Boyd Publishing Company

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    Buzz Cason

    President, Southern Writers Group

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    Charles Holliday Jr.

    Former Chairman, Bank of America and Dupont

2005 Honorees

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    Perry E. Wallace Jr.

    Professor of Law, Washington College of Law at American University

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    William P. Lawrence

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

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    H. Jackson Brown

    Author, “Life’s Little Instruction Book”