Transit Alliance of Middle TN, Andrews Institute launch second Transit Leadership Academy

By Janel Shoun on 2/9/2012



The Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee and Lipscomb University’s Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership kicked off the second Transit Citizen Leadership Academy Wednesday. 

Ed Cole
Mayor Karl Dean

The second class includes 25 private, public and non-profit leaders representing economic and community development, real estate, construction, government, insurance, health care, banking, retail, sales and marketing, agriculture and utilities.  Participants were nominated by mayors and city managers throughout the Middle Tennessee region.

For the full list of participants and their titles click here.

To see Nashville Business Journal coverage of the second academy click here.

“There is a rising awareness all across our region of the absolute importance of giving Middle Tennesseans more choices when it comes to transportation,” said Charles Bone, chairman of the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee.  “This is particularly true with opportunities for rapid transit and graduates of our Transit Academy.

Ed Cole, executive director of the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, added: “The members of the second class of the Academy will be important messengers for public understanding.  This class certainly will benefit and build on the tremendous progress made by the graduates of our first class last year.”

Linda Peek Schacht, executive director of the Andrews Institute said Lipscomb University is honored to continue its partnership with the Transit Alliance.  “The Transit Citizen Leadership Academy supports our commitment to produce educated, informed civic leaders making decisions for the common good.  That kind of collaborative leadership is necessary to successfully address the complex issues facing our region today.”


About the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee

The Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee is a non-profit organization with the mission of encouraging private sector as well as public sector support for new investments in mass transit in the ten county region of Middle Tennessee.  The Alliance is committed to communicating the value of regional mass transportation needs and options.  It fosters education across the region about the economic value of mass transit investments.  Through these communication and education efforts, the Alliance will actively participate in the steps necessary to secure dedicated revenues for mass transit investments in the months and years ahead.


About the Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership

Founded in October 2010 to build on the legacy of Nashville leader Nelson Andrews, the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership engages emerging and current leaders in programs to create thriving communities. The institute promotes and showcases government, business and not-for-profit leaders working together for the common good. Its programs provide for the study and practice of this collaborative civic leadership model.  In addition to its community programs, the Andrews Institute offers a master’s program in civic leadership, one of only two in the nation.


Members of the 2nd Transit
Citizen Leadership Academy

Arthur Bing
Deputy Director / Clarksville Transit System
Montgomery County

John Black          
Executive Director / Smyrna-Rutherford County Airport Authority
Rutherford County

Paige Brown
Executive Director / Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce
Sumner County

Dean Dickey
City of Columbia Mayor
Maury County

Jacobia Dowell
Metropolitan Council Member / 32nd District
Davidson County

David Foote
Middle Tennessee State University Professor of Management and Marketing / College of Business
Rutherford County

Margot Fosnes
President & Chief Economic Development Officer / Robertson County Chamber of Commerce
Robertson County

Rod Freeman
Vice Mayor / City of Brentwood
Williamson County

Carl Haley Jr.
CEO & President / Grand Avenue Chauffeured Transportation
Williamson County

Jeff Hall
Principal / The Hall Group
Wilson County

Craig Hayes
State Farm Agent
Sumner County

Stanton Higgs
Business Development and Account Manager / The TMA Group
Rutherford County

Randall Hutto
Mayor of Wilson County
Wilson County

Rodney Joyner
Sumner County Planner
Sumner County

Marlin Keel
City of Mt. Juliet Director of Public Works
Wilson County

Charles Kimbrough
Sumner County

David McCullough
Mayor of Cheatham County
Cheatham County

Toks Omishakin
Assistant Commissioner of Environment & Planning Bureau / Tennessee Department of Transportation
Davidson County

Mark Riggins
Montgomery County Commissioner / Engineering Support Coordinator, Clarksville Gas and Water
Montgomery County

Jason Spain
Executive Director / Tennessee Public Transportation Association
Davidson County

Jerry Stump
Senior Vice President / CDM Smith Inc.
Williamson County

Mindy Tate
Executive Director / Franklin Tomorrow
Williamson County

Tom Trent
Partner / Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Davidson County

Mandy Wachtler
Greater Nashville Association of Realtors / Pilkerton Realtors
Davidson County

Stan Williams
Coordinator / Clarksville Urbanized Area MPO
Montgomery County