September 27, 2023 | 11:30 a.m.

Music City Center

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2023 Honorees

Nelson C. Andrews Distinguished Service Award

presented by Vanderbilt University

Distinguished Alumni Award

presented by Belmont University

2023 Award Winners

Inspiring Leader Award

presented by Lipscomb University

Annette Eskind Inspiring Educator Award

presented by UBS

Thomas J. Sherrard Inspiring Innovation Award

presented by Nissan

Meet Our Event Chairs

Michelle Gaskin Brown

Michelle Gaskin Brown is an attorney and currently serves as the Manager of Public Policy at Amazon in Nashville, Tennessee, supporting all public policy and advocacy efforts throughout the state with a focus on Nashville as the location of Amazon’s new corporate operations office. She currently serves on the board for the Nashville Public Education Foundation, the Hospital Authority of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County, the Center for Nonprofit Management, Music City Bowl, and Oz Arts Nashville.

Dr. Alex Jahangir

Dr. Alex Jahangir is the Vice Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Jahangir serves as the current chair of the Metropolitan Board of Health of Nashville and was named chair of the Metropolitan Nashville Coronavirus Taskforce in March 2020 by Mayor Cooper and led Nashville's response to the Covid-19 epidemic. He is a graduate of Martin Luther King Magnet High School and was inducted into the Public Schools Hall of Fame in 2021 as a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

2023 Honorees

Nelson C. Andrews Distinguished Service Award

presented by Vanderbilt University

Hal Cato

Hal Cato founded his first nonprofit organization right out of college and has been working in the Nashville community ever since. He currently serves as the CEO of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee where he is responsible for ensuring the foundation serves as a catalyst for philanthropic activity and a connector for local civic efforts that will lead to a stronger community. He most recently served as the CEO of Thistle Farms, the nation’s largest nonprofit social enterprise employing women survivors. Between 2001 – 2011, Hal served as the CEO for the Oasis Center, a non-profit that helps youth in times of crisis.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

presented by Belmont University

André Prince

Ms. André Prince is the owner of the legendary and original Nashville hot chicken. Prince has received worldwide awards including the Culinary Icon Award at the National Fried Chicken Festival in New Orleans, the prestigious James Beard Award in 2013 and most recently Nashvillian of the Year. In addition, she has been honored with The Legacy Award, The Hoodie Award, and The Nashville Entrepreneur Award. Prince has transformed one of Nashville's historic restaurants into a must-visit destination for locals and tourists alike. Under her leadership, Prince's hot chicken is now a recipe craved and duplicated worldwide.

Harold Love, Jr.

Harold Love, Jr. is a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives for the 58th District and has served since 2012. He is the House Democratic assistant leader and President Elect of The National Black Caucus of State Legislators. He received a master's degree in theological studies from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Tennessee State University. Love was ordained by the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.) Church and serves as pastor of Lee Chapel A.M.E. Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Love and his wife Leah reside in North Nashville.

Linda Eskind Rebrovick

Linda Eskind Rebrovick is the President, Impact Corporate Consulting and currently serves as a Board Director for HealthStream, Guidehouse, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Ethics advisory board at Harvard University. Rebrovick graduated from Auburn University, with a marketing degree and earned a fellowship from the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative. Rebrovick is president of the Leadership Nashville board of trustees. She has also served on the Nashville Technology Council, Nashville Sports Council and Community Foundation of Middle TN.

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Contact Us

To learn more about the Public Schools Hall of Fame, please contact Melinda Judd, Vice President of Outreach and Development

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Award Presenters

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Gold Sponsors

Amazon logo
Deloitte logo
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The Enchiridion Foundation

The Eskind Family

Mrs. Annette Eskind
Donna & Jeffrey Eskind
Laurie & Steven Eskind


Tracy & Ted

Silver Sponsors


Andrea Conte &
Phil Bredesen


Margaret & Tony Heard

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Stones River Group logo
Titans One Community Foundation logo

Bronze Sponsors

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Ashley & Joe

Brenda & Ron

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Janet & David


Carole & John

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