Volpe was nominated for the honor by Tennessee Higher Education Commission Director Richard Rhoda and his wife, Nancy.
“As president of Tennessee Tech, Dr. Volpe was the ideal university president,” said the Rhodas. “He was a role model for thousands of students. He is the ultimate scholar practitioner, a true friend and colleague.”
Among this year’s other honorees are Mike Campbell, vice chancellor of the University of California at Merced; Mary Brown, math department chairperson at the Francis Parker School in San Diego, Calif.; Amy Harris-Solomon, director of Easter Seals McWhorter Family Children’s Center in Nashville; and others who’ve had positive impacts in the lives of Roundtable members.
Volpe and all the other honorees were recognized at the recent Peabody College Leadership Dinner in Nashville.
The Roundtable is often described as “the foundation of philanthropy to Peabody College,” because its members contribute more than 70 percent of the college’s unrestricted gift donations each year.
The organization was established in 1982 by alumni, parents and friends who recognized Peabody College as “a private institution with a public mission,” and the support of Roundtable members has helped the college rank in the top tier of American institutions in the fields of teacher education, school reform, social policy and human development.
Honorees from previous years have included teachers, spiritual leaders, coaches, counselors, professors and other education-related professionals.