Belmont Announces Karl Dean As New Professor; Wedgewood Receives Platinum LEED Status

Posted at 4:37 PM, Jul 08, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Once students at Belmont University get back into the swing of the Fall semester they will be set to welcome a new but familiar face to the campus.

"This Fall Mayor Karl Dean will have a new title of distinguished professor of history and political science at Belmont University," announced University President Bob Fisher.

"The opportunity to work with our cities' and state's and nation's future leaders is a big responsibility and it's something I will take very seriously," said Dean.

Dean has been no stranger to the college atmosphere, in the past he served as an adjunct law professor at Vanderbilt University. This time, however, he said he’ll focus on his biggest interests; political and urban history.

"This city is going to be a better place ten years from now, 20 years from now, 30 years from now and Belmont is going to be a big part of that and I'm honored to be involved with Belmont," said Dean.

Much like Mayor Dean's platform for sustainability, Belmont University has done its part to lessen its impact on the environment, and you can find proof of it on the roof of the Wedgewood Academic Center.

"This designation represents the only new construction in Nashville to ever be designated LEED platinum," senior architect, David Minnigan said.

With a five level parking garage underground and a rooftop that hosts 18,000 square feet of vegetation and 23,000 square feet of reflective panels, the Wedgewood Academic Center has been setting an example in sustainability.

"Translates into $155,000 of annual energy savings," Minnigan explained.