Citing time constraints in balancing his chairmanship with his career, Metro school board chairman David Fox has confirmed he won’t seek a second term as the board’s District 8 representative.
Opting out, the 48-year-old Fox, who has represented the Green Hills area on the school board since 2006, has thrown his support behind real estate developer Michael Hayes, vice president of C.B. Ragland Co.
“I would love to run again because I’m real optimistic about the next few years for the school system,” Fox said. “But time commitment as chairman the last few years has taken so much out of my business career.”
Fox works for Titan Advisors LLC, a management and advisory firm focused exclusively on hedge funds.
According to the Davidson County Election Commission, Hayes is the only candidate who turned in papers before today’s noon deadline to qualify for the August election.
Hayes serves on the board of directors of Nashville’s KIPP Academy, an East Nashville charter school. He also was co-chair of the committee that helped draft the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 Education Report Card.
“I had been hopeful I could identify somebody who would be a great school board member,” Fox said. “If that had not happened, I would have turned my petition in, and run again.
“He has a lot of governance experience,” Fox said of Hayes. “I had always hoped I would be succeeded by somebody who had more governance experience than I had when I joined the school board. That’s true of Michael.”
Board members Karen Johnson, a candidate for Juvenile Court clerk, and Steve Glover have previously said they won’t run for re-election.