Published Monday Jun 11, 2007
The Chancellor's Award, given to those who provide special assistance to a TBR institution and whose financial support and leadership provide significant impact to the school, was presented to Rose at a recent TTU Foundation meeting.
Rose, a successful entrepreneur and public servant, served as the State of Tennessee's 33 rd Commissioner of Agriculture under Gov. Don Sundquist. In 2005, Rose was appointed to the Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund Board by Gov. Phil Bredesen. As Commissioner of Agriculture, he served on the TBR and the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees.
Rose graduated from TTU in 1988 with a degree in agribusiness economics and went on to earn a master's degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University and a law degree from Vanderbilt. In 2000, TTU honored Rose with its Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. That same year, the College of Agriculture and Human Ecology named Rose its distinguished agriculture alumnus.
After practicing law for a few years, Rose decided to take a leap of faith with a start-up company. Co-founder of Transcender Corp., he watched the company experience explosive growth as a leading provider of information technology certification training. Under Rose's leadership, the company earned the prestigious Music City Future 50 Award for five consecutive years. The award annually recognizes Middle Tennessee's 50 fastest-growing private companies.
In 2001 Rose became one of TTU's million-dollar donors with a gift that supported the College of Agriculture and Human Ecology and the university. More than half of the gift went toward the creation of the Jerry and Betty Rose Scholarship Endowment in honor of his parents. With an additional gift of $50,000 in 2003 for the School of Nursing, Rose has donated more than $1.26 million to Tennessee Tech.
Rose is currently president of Boson Software LLC, a Nashville-based information technology training provider. He operates a 1,800-acre farm located in DeKalb and Smith Counties. He currently serves on the board of directors for Main Street Media, the Tennessee FFA Foundation as vice chairman and the TTU Foundation as chairman.