BENJAMIN R. RECHTER, HON. D.H.L.

TRUSTEE EMERITUS (APPT. PRE-DATES E-RECORDS)

Benjamin R. Rechter is the President of Rogers Group Investments, Inc. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nashville Public Television and serves on several boards of directors, including the Metropolitan Nashville Public Education Foundation, American Learning Solutions, and the National Museum of African American Music on which he is Chair of the Finance Committee. Previously, he was the President of Rogers Group Financial Services Company. He has also served as Chairman of the Board for Fisk University, United Way of Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (founding member and later Board Chair), the Nashville Institute of Arts, and the Nashville Symphony Association.

Rechter's participation in worthwhile community endeavors is wide-ranging. He was a founding member of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The number of boards he has served on boggles the mind. To name but a few: Fisk University, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Thomas Health Services, WNPT Public Television, Cumberland Valley Girl Scout Council, Nashville Symphony Association, Metropolitan Nashville Public Education Foundation, The Nashville Urban League, and the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University.

Rechter was honored with the 2007 Dr. Thomas F. Frist Jr. Excellence in Volunteer Leadership Award. He has been active with United Way of Metropolitan Nashville for many years and served in a variety of leadership roles including United Way board of trustees from 1999 to 2003; chair and executive committee of the board of trustees in 1999; the planned giving steering committee; and member of both the campaign cabinet and chaired the Tocqueville Society cabinet in 2006. Rechter has been a Tocqueville Society member for 25 years and received the Alexis de Tocqueville Award in 1996. He has been a member of the R.H. Boyd Leadership Society since 2003.

He has served as a commissioner of the Metro Development and Housing Authority, and has received numerous awards and recognition throughout the years, including Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degrees from Fisk University, Meharry Medical College and Belmont University. Mr. Rechter attended Hanover College and Indiana University.