MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee was among 28 recipients of the Nashville Business Journal’s Rutherford County Impact Awards, presented Wednesday during an awards luncheon hosted by the publication at Embassy Suites Hotel.
McPhee, who also won the award last year, is in his 13th year as MTSU’s president and has presided over a period of tremendous growth at the university.
In a Q&A with the NBJ, McPhee pointed to MTSU as Rutherford County’s secret weapon within economic development.
“We generate millions upon millions of direct and indirect dollars to the area’s economy. And, with 60 percent of our graduates living in the Greater Nashville area, we help provide area employers with an educated workforce.”
MTSU first lady Elizabeth McPhee accepted the award on behalf of her husband, who is on a business trip in China and was unable to attend. For the past two years, the Business Journal has honored leaders, community supporters, business owners and developers “who are leading the charge for improvements and economic development for Rutherford County.”
To select this year’s honorees, the NBJ solicited nominees, who then voted on each other to determine the winners. The Rutherford County honorees are featured in a special section of the May 23 Nashville Business Journal print edition.
See the full list of winners at http://bit.ly/RuCo-ImpactAwards-2014.
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