Jack C. Massey Leadership Award

Jack C. Massey Leadership Award

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Governor Haslam
2021 Honoree

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Jack C. Massey Leadership Award

This Award was established in 1986 by Mr. Jack C. Massey and Mental Health America of the MidSouth. The Award is given every other year and honors individuals whose exemplary leadership and accomplishments have enriched the quality of life for citizens of Nashville and beyond.

2021 Honoree – Governor Bill Haslam

On November 4, 2014, Bill Haslam was re-elected Tennessee’s governor with the largest victory in modern Tennessee history.

Under his leadership, Tennessee was recognized as a national leader in education, economic development, efficient and effective government and fiscal strength.

Under Governor Haslam’s leadership, High school graduation rates grew to an all-time high, and Tennessee was first state in the nation to offer high school graduates and adults two years of community or technical college free of tuition and mandatory fees.

In 2013, Governor Haslam launched the Drive to 55 to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or credential to 55 percent by 2025. More Tennesseans are going to college and fewer need remediation when they get there.

Governor Haslam took office in 2011, since then, more than 400,000 net new private sector jobs have been created and Tennessee’s unemployment rate reached the lowest level in state history. Tennessee has been ranked No. 1 for advanced industry job growth, No. 1 for jobs created through foreign direct investment and is a three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine.

He and his wife, Crissy, a native of Memphis, have been married for 36 years and are blessed with three children and eight grandchildren. For more than three decades they have been members of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Knoxville where Bill serves as an elder.

Governor Haslam will receive the Jack C. Massey Leadership Award on November 8, 2021

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Previous Jack C. Massey Leadership Award Recipients

Ambassador Joe M. Rodgers (1986); Leah Rose Werthan (1988); Buddy Killen (1991); Governor Ned McWherter (1993); Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. (1995); Annette Eskind (1997); Alyne Massey (1999); William O. Whetsell, Jr., M.D. (2001); William S. Cochran (2003); Orrin H. Ingram, John R. Ingram, David B. Ingram and Robin Ingram Patton (2005); Mayor Bill Purcell (2007); Amy Grant and Vince Gill (2009); Nicholas S. Zeppos (2011); Mike Curb (2013); Janet and Jim Ayers (2015); Colleen Conway Welch (2017); R. Milton Johnson (2019)