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.
The 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)|
|Dr. Linda Gilbert||Director of Schools, Murfreesboro City Schools|
|Mr. Terry Hodge||Board Chair, Rutherford County Board of Education|
|Mr. Paul Latture||President, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce|
|Mr. Don Odom||Director of Schools, Rutherford County Schools|
|Ms. Mary Wade||Board Chair, Murfreesboro City Schools|
|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|