Business Education Partnership Foundation
Rutherford County, Tennessee

History of the Business Education Partnership (BEP) Foundation

The Business Education Partnership (BEP) Foundation was formed in 1988 with the help of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of establishing this foundation was to create outstanding schools by applying resources to bold ideas which would bring schools and businesses together to prepare our future workforce.

The Business Education Partnership (BEP) Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization that operates exclusively for non-profit scientific and educational purposes by receiving grants, donations and contributions of real and personal property. Funding is used to create and promote programs which enhance and improve Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County Schools by creating opportunities for business leaders, educators, and students to collaborate.

The BEP Foundation has developed partnerships with public education systems in Rutherford County to provide a robust learning environment which emphasizes the relevance of school curriculum in the workforce as well as in our daily lives in the community.

BEP Foundation programs provide students with the knowledge and understanding they need to "connect the dots" and make purposeful, intentional choices about their future careers.


First Tennessee BankThe BEP Foundation web site is sponsored through the generosity of First Tennessee Foundation in Rutherford County. As part of their corporate philanthropy, the First Tennessee Foundation is committed to supporting a range of programs for individuals and for classrooms that encourage financial literacy and business entrepreneurship. Learn more about these programs through our links page.

The First Tennessee Foundation is proud to join their vision with the BEP Foundation in preparing today's students to be tomorrow's leaders in Middle Tennessee.


2013-2014 Board of Directors

Mr. Emil Hassan BEP Foundation Chairman, Senior Vice President, Nissan North America (Retired)
Charter Members
Dr. Linda GilbertDirector of Schools, Murfreesboro City Schools
Mr. Terry HodgeBoard Chair, Rutherford County Board of Education
Mr. Paul LatturePresident, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Don OdomDirector of Schools, Rutherford County Schools
Ms. Mary WadeBoard Chair, Murfreesboro City Schools


Elective Members
The Honorable Judge Don Ash Senior Judge, State of Tennessee
Ms. Melissa Baker Owner, Ascendant HR
Ms. June Bilbo Community Relations Specialist, Publix
Dr. Gloria Bonner Assistant to the President, Office for Community Engagement and Support, Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Jim Burton Dean, Jennings A. Jones College of Business, Middle Tennessee State University
Mr. Don Clayton Vice President of Logistics Analysis, Ingram Book Group
Ms. Julie Corcoran Nissan North America (Retired)
Mr. Gordon Ferguson President and CEO, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital
Dr. Pat Geho State Executive Director, Tennessee Small Business Development Center
Mr. Phil Holt Regional President, First Tennessee
Mr. James R. Jobe CPA & Partner, Jobe, Hastings & Associates
Mr. Lee Moss Chairman & CEO, MidSouth Bank
Dr. Lana Seivers Dean, College of Education, Middle Tennessee State University