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File #: RS2021-888    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/12/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 4/20/2021 Final action: 4/20/2021
Title: A Resolution honoring Dr. Bob Fisher upon the occasion of his retirement as President of Belmont University.
Sponsors: Tom Cash, Burkley Allen, Kathleen Murphy, Emily Benedict, Russ Bradford, Thom Druffel, Erin Evans, Jennifer Gamble, Steve Glover (resigned 3/1/2022), Larry Hagar, Jonathan Hall, Tonya Hancock, Gloria Hausser, Angie Henderson, Sharon Hurt, Courtney Johnston, Antoinette Lee, Bob Mendes, Bob Nash, Freddie OConnell, Sean Parker, Delishia Porterfield, Russ Pulley, Kevin Rhoten, Mary Carolyn Roberts, Dave Rosenberg, John Rutherford, Sandra Sepulveda, Colby Sledge, Joy Styles, Zulfat Suara, Robert Swope, Jeff Syracuse, Brandon Taylor, Kyonzte Toombs, Nancy VanReece, Tanaka Vercher, Ginny Welsch, Brett Withers, Zach Young
A Resolution honoring Dr. Bob Fisher upon the occasion of his retirement as President of Belmont University.

WHEREAS, Dr. Bob Fisher will retire in May 2021 after more than two decades serving as President of Belmont University; and
WHEREAS, Fisher earned his BSBA from Henderson State University, an MBA from the University of Memphis, and a PhD in economics and management from the University of Arkansas before entering a career in academic service; and
WHEREAS, prior to his Belmont appointment in April 2000, Fisher served as a professor at the University of Central Arkansas, dean of the school of business at Henderson State University, and then vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas State University; and
WHEREAS, throughout Dr. Fisher's tenure, Belmont University has grown exponentially in size, stature, and status, becoming the largest ecumenical Christian university in the nation; and
WHEREAS, affectionately known around Belmont as "Bob the Builder," Fisher has led the campus through extraordinary development since his tenure began with more than $1 billion invested in new facilities and property acquisitions resulting in new athletics facilities, the Curb Event Center, and McAfee Concert Hall, among many others; and
WHEREAS, Fisher's tireless efforts at Belmont's helm led to the addition of a College of Law, a College of Pharmacy, and the announced plans for a College of Medicine, as well as the expansion of undergraduate and graduate programs; and
WHEREAS, during Fisher's tenure, Belmont University remarkably hosted two presidential debates on campus, one in 2008 and most recently in 2020; and
WHEREAS, throughout his time in Nashville, Dr. Fisher has also given of his time for the betterment of Nashville, including service as chair of the board for the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation, the Policing Policy Commission, the Board of Directors for the National Museum of African American Music, the Pencil Foundation, and Alignmen...

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