Betsy Walkup of Nashville, Tenn., is a community leader who has long been involved in issues that impact children and youth. From 1993 to August of 2000, she was a member of the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education. During her tenure on the Board she served two years as Vice-Chairman and two years as Chairman. Upon retirement from the Board of Education, she received a “Distinctive Service to Community” award from the Nashville chapters of the education society, Delta Kappa Gamma. In 2002 she received the PENCIL Foundation’s E. Bronson Ingram Award for her contributions as a “community member who has been a leader in bringing community support to public education.” After retiring from the Board of Education, she was appointed by the mayor of Nashville to the Metropolitan Employee Benefit Board where she served for six years.
In her professional life, Ms. Walkup was trained as a librarian and has held positions at the Medical Center Library of the University of Tennessee in Memphis, at the Center for Bioethics Library at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and at the Eskind Biomedical Library at Vanderbilt University. She has a master's degree from Emory University in Atlanta and an undergraduate degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. Ms. Walkup is currently on the Board of Trustees of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.