Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell spoke about his life in public service as the guest speaker today for the New Century Journalism Speakers Series at Belmont University. The Speakers Series brings a variety of local and national journalists and other public figures to campus to speak to Belmont students about their chosen careers.
Purcell is the fifth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, elected first in 1999 and reelected to a second term in 2003. Prior to being elected mayor, Purcell served as director of the Child and Family Policy Center at the Vanderbilt Institute of Public Policy Studies. He also served five terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives beginning in 1986. Purcell served as House Majority Leader and Chair of the Select Committee on Children and Youth.