June 5, 2023



Nashville instruction supporter Kay Louise Snyder Simmons dies at 72

Former college board member and longtime Nashville education and learning supporter Kay Louise Snyder Simmons died Friday.

She was 72 and experienced a lengthy struggle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a brain problem.

Simmons represented District 9 on the Metro Nashville Board of Public Education’s Board of Directors from 2009 to 2012.

She commenced her decades-long profession in Nashville as a fundraiser and would go on to provide as a improvement officer for a roster of education institutions, such as:

  • Vanderbilt College
  • Vanderbilt Medical Middle
  • Vanderbilt Children’s Clinic
  • Vanderbilt Law School
  • The Local community Basis of Center Tennessee
  • Montgomery Bell Academy
  • University College of Nashville
  • Metro Nashville Public Colleges

Simmons was not experienced as an educator but honed her enthusiasm for education right after College College of Nashville’s board elected her to serve as interim head of university for the 1990-1991 tutorial 12 months.

Kay Simmons, left, poses with Linda and Art Rebrovick.

A harbinger for instruction, Simmons was the founding executive director of the Canby Robinson Society at the Vanderbilt Medical Middle and the Dean’s Council at Vanderbilt Regulation School.

She drew her target to community training in 2003, starting to be the founding executive director of the Nashville Alliance for Community Schooling, now identified as the Nashville Community Instruction Basis.

She served as specific assistant to previous Director of Nashville Community Faculties Pedro Garcia from 2007 to 2008 before serving as a board member for Metro Nashville Community Universities.