Foundation Announces New Board Officers

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The Nashville Public Education Foundation’s board of directors has elected prominent Nashville leaders to serve as officers for 2015.

The newly elected board officers are:

  • Chairman – Greg Burns, president and CEO of Gregory Burns Consulting Group, LLC
  • Vice Chairman – Ralph Davis, partner at Cressey & Company
  • Secretary – Jennifer Frist, community volunteer and philanthropic leader
  • Treasurer – Jimmy Spradley, CEO of Standard Functional Foods Group
  • Chairman Ex Officio – Tom Sherrard, founding partner of Sherrard & Roe, PLC

“This year’s board officers bring a tremendous amount of experience, energy and personal passion to our mission of improving education in Nashville,” said Shannon Hunt, NPEF president and CEO. “This is a critical year for the Foundation as we step up the programmatic footprint of the organization and strengthen our partnerships with city and education leaders, community organizations, and the philanthropic community. Strong leadership from the board is a key facet of this work.”

Burns replaces past chairman Tom Sherrard, a founding member of Sherrard & Roe, PLC.

“I have tremendous confidence in Greg. He is a longtime member of the Foundation’s board and is deeply committed to the cause of public education. He will do a wonderful job as chairman,” Sherrard said. “The new board officers have a strong vision for the future of our public schools, and they are determined to improve education in Nashville.”

Other members of this year’s board of directors are: Ron Corbin, Anne Davis, Chuck Denny, Margaret Dolan, Annette Eskind, John Ferguson, Robert Fisher, Darrell Freeman, Howard Gentry, Orrin Ingram, Lewis Lavine, Robert McNeilly III, Byron Trauger, David Williams and Jerry B. Williams.

The new officers come during a time of growth for the Nashville Public Education Foundation. Recently, the Foundation launched Project RESET, a citywide education conversation to promote cooperation and innovation in supporting and improving Nashville’s schools. The Foundation is hosting RESET Saturday, an unprecedented idea festival to bring Nashvillians together behind a citywide vision for education, on Saturday, May 30, at Rocketown.

The NPEF also hosts the annual Public Schools Hall of Fame, which will be on Thursday, May 14. For more information or to purchase tickets or sponsorships, click here.