Anna Shepherd, chair of Metro Nashville Schools board, dies at age 68

Posted at 8:59 AM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 10:18:39-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Anna Shepherd, Chair of the Metro Nashville Board of Education, has died. She was 68.

Metro Nashville Public Schools confirmed Tuesday that Shepherd passed away overnight after being hospitalized on Friday for prior medical issues.

“We were so fortunate to have the warmth and leadership of Anna in our lives and on the Board of Education,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools. “She was a passionate champion of public schools, especially McGavock High School, where she had previously served as President of the Band Boosters. Tough and challenging when necessary, Anna always pushed myself and other district staff to be the best and do the best we could to improve the lives of the students we serve and the quality of education we provide. My prayers are with her husband Larry, her family, and her friends in the community who loved her so dearly.”

“Anna was an amazing leader,” School Board Vice Chair Amy Frogge said. “She carried the Board through some difficult transitions and made sure we got our focus back on what matters most: the students. With her heart, her humor, and her commitment to our schools and families, Anna leaves an indelible legacy. She made Nashville a better place.”

MNPS said Shepherd had represented Donelson, Hermitage, and Old Hickory on the school board since 2010 and was serving as chair for the second time.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.