Panel: “The Role of Higher Education in Engaging and Building Communities”
Building on Nashville’s reputation as the Athens of the South and a hub for higher education, this panel featured in depth conversations regarding the role of colleges and universities in their local communities and was moderated by USA Today Network/Tennessee Opinion & Engagement Editor David Plazas.
The panelists included Belmont President Dr. Greg Jones, Vanderbilt Chancellor Dr. Daniel Diermeier, Nashville State Community College President Dr. Shanna Jackson, Lipscomb University President Dr. Candice McQueen and Fisk University President Dr. Vann Newkirk.
Chapel: “Loving your Neighbor Well”
Reverend Gabriel Salguero, president and founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and recognized as one of the nation’s most prominent Latino evangelical leaders, brought a message of love, hope and unity among all peoples.
Panel: “Addressing our Community’s Health Care Challenges”
A panel discussion featuring some of Nashville’s leading healthcare voices on how our community can best address disparities and inequalities in health and health care outcomes, moderated by Senator Bill Frist.
Esteemed panelists included Dr. Morgan Wills, Siloam Health; Kinika Young, Tennessee Justice Center; Dr. Millard Collins, Meharry Medical College; Brad Smith, Russell Street Ventures; and Dr. Karen Lewis, Thomas F. Frist, Jr. College of Medicine at Belmont University.
Inaugural Prayer Breakfast
Breakfast fellowship followed by time of corporate prayer focused on Belmont’s past, present, and future.
Inaugural Panel: “Character, Purpose and Entrepreneurial Mindset”
President Greg Jones was joined by Jim Rahn, president, Kern Family Foundation; Heather Dill, president, John Templeton Foundation; and Clay Robbins, chairman, Lilly Endowment to discuss how character, purpose and a transformational mindset are critical in the development of people who can solve the world’s most complex problems.
Inaugural Convocation: “Promoting an Entrepreneurial Spirit”
President Jones hosted a discussion with leading voices across the business landscape on what it takes to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to drive innovation and change.
Discussion participants included Blair Sheppard, Global Leader of Strategy and Leadership at PwC, Marcus Whitney, Founding Partner of Jumpstart Health Investors and Jumpstart Nova and Dr. Sarah Gardial, Dean of Belmont’s Massey College of Business.
Inaugural Luncheon: “The Power of Faith in Reweaving the Social Fabric”
President Greg Jones and former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam discussed the role faith can play in healing a divided world.
Inaugural Chapel: “Upon This Mountain”
Rev. Susan Pendleton Jones brought a message of hope in the official inaugural chapel, preceding the official inauguration ceremony.
Inaugural Carillon Concert
Designed to be a continuation of the worship experience begun in the Inaugural Chapel, inaugural guests moving from one venue to another were treated to a special carillon concert at Belmont’s historic bell tower, featuring the Joneses’ son-in-law Joey Fala as the carillonneur.