File #: RS2023-2328    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/6/2023 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 7/18/2023 Final action: 7/18/2023
Title: A resolution honoring the life and service of Kay Louise Snyder Simmons.
Sponsors: Angie Henderson, Kathleen Murphy, Ginny Welsch, Joy Styles, Erin Evans, Bob Mendes, Freddie OConnell, Burkley Allen
A resolution honoring the life and service of Kay Louise Snyder Simmons.

WHEREAS, Kay Louise Snyder Simmons passed away on November 12, 2021 at the age of 72 after a longtime battle with progressive supranuclear palsy; and

WHEREAS, Simmons was born in Louisville, Kentucky and attended Assumption High School and Seneca High School, where she graduated in 1967; and

WHEREAS, Simmons earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from the University of Kentucky in 1971; and

WHEREAS, Simmons met the love of her life, her husband of 50 years, Keith Simmons, during her time at the University of Kentucky; and

WHEREAS, Simmons had a long and successful career working as a development officer at Vanderbilt Law School, Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Medical Center (VUMC), Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Montgomery Bell Academy, University School of Nashville, and Metro Nashville Public Schools; and

WHEREAS, she was also the founding executive director of the Canby Robinson Society at VUMC and sat on the Dean's Council at Vanderbilt Law School; and

WHEREAS, although she was not an educator by profession, she was elected by the University School Board to serve as Interim Head of School for the 1990-1991 academic year; and

WHEREAS, it was at University School where Simmons found her passion for education and helping young people, which led her to become more involved in public education; and

WHEREAS, in 2003, Simmons became the founding executive director of the Nashville Alliance for Public Education, now known as the Nashville Public Education Foundation (NPEF); and

WHEREAS, at NPEF's 2022 Public Schools Hall of Fame event, they posthumously honored Simmons with the Nelson C. Andrews Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her incredible career and service to the people and schools of Nashville; and

WHEREAS, in 2007 and 2008, Simmons served as Special Assistant to the Director of Metro Nashvi...

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