School board chair won't run for re-election

Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 2:54pm

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.

9 Comments on this post:

By: Equanimity on 4/1/10 at 1:19

No big loss.

By: artsmart on 4/1/10 at 3:11

Please take some of your friends with you.

By: dogmrb on 4/1/10 at 4:53

It's a thankless job: you're damned if you do and damned if you don't.

By: drusie on 4/2/10 at 6:00

David Fox raised the profile of the school board in the community. I appreciate his service.

By: govskeptic on 4/2/10 at 6:10

Agreed that it's a thankless job. Even though there is now a small stipent of pay it truly takes a great deal of time unless you are just there to socialize or represent the teacher's union
interest as some do. Thanks, Mr. Fox, for the service rendered!

By: Anna3 on 4/2/10 at 9:15

Michael Hates???? He went to private schools because ours were not good enough for him...and he's had a long career in Nashville of going against the wishes of the community and developing projects that they don't want in their neighborhood. In short...its my opinion that Hayes is a very slimy character. There hasn't been a Ragland family member in public schools here since the civil war. He's going to have to get outta Belle Meade CC in order to "Mix" with us commoners! What a joke! Fox should really be embarrassed to promote such a person...but then again, he's really let me down during his tenure. We deserve better.

By: TRHJR on 4/2/10 at 10:05

YOA # 3 ... if you are so Disapointed ! Why don`t you get off of your Fat Butt and become a canidate... I don`t blame this cat ... if I lived in Metro my children would not attend these schools ...... So , from your post ... You seem like a very SLIMY CHARACTER !!!!!

By: catcars on 4/2/10 at 10:28

Come on Anna3, I take it you don't know him? Michael's only been working in Nashville for 7 years and is involved in historic preservation and adaptive reuse. He's never built a new building in town. You're way off base. His mom and grandmother went to Parmer, which was a great Nashville public school. His dad to public school in Birmingham. The Ragland's matriculated through the Hillsboro cluster and graduated from Hillsboro High. I've known Michael and his family for a long time. He is a good man. You should say hello at the next PTA meeting and introduce yourself. Your opinion might change.

By: localboy on 4/5/10 at 8:58

Good post, catcars.