State Museum board picks new chairman

News release from Tennessee State Museum
NASHVILLE— May 13, 2016— The State of Tennessee Museum announced today new officers were elected to the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission at the commission’s quarterly meeting held Monday, April 11, 2016. Nashville real estate investor and developer Tom Smith, Chairman of Smith/Hallemann Partners, was elected as Chair of the 14-member Commission whose primary purpose is to oversee the operations of the State Museum. Nancy Baker De Friece, a Bristol native, was re-elected as Vice Chair.

In addition to serving as the new Commission Chair, Smith also serves on the Governor’s New Museum Task Force, which is involved with the development of a new $160 million State Museum facility to be located in downtown Nashville’s Bicentennial Mall. Ground was broken by Governor Bill Haslam and other state officials on April 6, 2016. Smith was appointed to the Commission by Governor Haslam in 2012. He has previously served as the chair of the Commission’s Audit Committee and Chairs the Search Committee which is overseeing the new museum’s succession planning. Smith succeeds Deputy House Speaker and State Representative Steve McDaniel who will remain as a Commission member.

Smith is active in real estate and private company investments in Nashville and Cincinnati, Ohio. He also serves on the Investment Committee of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.

The public can now find out more information about upcoming Commission meetings, Committee meetings and agendas, as well as the background of Commission members, at the Tennessee State Museum website at: