Successful businessman and former mayoral candidate, Bill Freeman, was recently honored by Tennessee State University during halftime of the homecoming TSU vs Eastern Illinois football game. Freeman, known for his support of TSU, presented the university with a $250,000 dollar donation.
Freeman serves as Chairman of Freeman Webb, Inc., a real estate investment, management and brokerage company he co-founded with partner Jimmy Webb in 1979. Prior to founding Freeman Webb, Inc., Freeman was director of Downtown Urban Development for the Metropolitan Nashville Development and Housing Agency (MDHA).
Freeman has always been a strong supporter of charitable and community organizations, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Nashville State Community College Foundation and has served on the boards of the Tennessee State University Foundation, the Nashville Area YMCA, the Nashville Public Television Council and Children’s House.
An alumnus of the Leadership Nashville program (1979-1980), he has served as commissioner of the Nashville Convention Center and on the board of The Tennessee Housing Development Agency.
Freeman released the following statement: Tennessee State University is not my school, I went to Tennessee, but I love TSU.
As a lifelong resident of Nashville I have seen the way this university helps students right here at home and all over the world.
It is not somewhere to just earn a degree; those lucky enough to attend here become a part of the TSU family for the rest of their lives.
I have been incredibly impressed with President Glover, her commitment to this university and her desire to give the students at TSU every advantage possible.
Her sizeable personal contribution when she became President in 2011 showed her commitment to the university and began an incredible fundraising effort to bring both alumni and the local community together in support of the university. That has resulted in students and faculty alike thriving and earning national recognition for their work.
The university and its student’s involvement in the community have increased every year since President Glover became President, reaffirming their commitment to helping Nashville be a world-class city.
For that I am incredibly grateful and wanted to do my part to support them and their efforts as well.
I intentionally waited until after the recent mayor’s race to make this donation because I didn’t want the intentions behind it to be questioned.
I am happy to be a small part of TSU’s efforts to provide an opportunity for students and challenge those of you lucky enough to call yourselves TSU alumni to take pride in that fact and give back to the university that has given so much to you in life.
With the help of President Glover and proud alumni like you, I know TSU’s best days are still ahead.