Better Business Bureau CEO to keynote Williamson College graduation


Better Business Bureau CEO to keynote Williamson College graduation

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Kathleen Calligan, CEO of Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee, will be the keynote speaker for Williamson College’s May 14 graduation commencement celebration.

Kathleen Calligan, CEO of Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee, will be the keynote speaker for Williamson College’s May 14 graduation commencement celebration.

Calligan is a native of Middle Tennessee. She attended Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee/Nashville before joining the staff of Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee as director of services in 1976.

In 1985, she was named CEO of Better Business Bureau of North Alabama in Huntsville. She returned to Nashville in 1995 as CEO of BBB of Middle Tennessee and has served in that capacity since.

In 2010, Calligan received the Better Business Bureau International Meritorious Service Award, the highest recognition within the BBB system. That same year she was elected to the Federal Reserve Board Atlanta District, and she is the 2016 chair of the Nashville/Federal Reserve board of directors.

She has been a Rotarian since 1989, and currently is a member of the Hermitage/Donelson Rotary Club. Calligan also is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy, and she received the 2006 Eagle Service Award from the 101st Airborne Division for her service to the U.S. Army in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She and her husband, Rick Smith, have three adult children and four grandchildren.

The graduation ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and will be held at Williamson College, 274 Mallory Station Road in Franklin.

Founded in 1998, Williamson College (WC) is a non-profit, Christian liberal arts college that welcomes students of all ages and cultures, including non-traditional learners who are already in the workforce.

WC offers associate and bachelor degrees, as well as a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, and is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Classes meet one evening a week for five weeks.

The college is not affiliated with a specific denomination and is guided by a 12-member board of trustees. For more information, visit www.williamsoncc.edu.

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