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Betty Cannon

Past Recipients

  • 2015 John Levesque
  • 2014 Lori Weir
  • 2013 Tinita Hailey
  • 2012 Matt Fischer
  • 2011 Letha Edwards
  • 2010 John Doerge
  • 2009 Wayne Tucker
  • 2008 Stephanie Randolph
  • 2007 Kelly Milam
  • 2006 John Stone, Jr.
  • 2005 Danny Kellum
  • 2004 Deann Bradford
  • 2003 Phil Ponder
  • 2002 Bill Lafollette
  • 2001 Phyllis Williams
  • 2000 Fay Lloyd
  • 1999 Betty Cannon

Betty Cannon Leadership Spirit Award

This award recognizes exceptional contribution to the advancement of Leadership Donelson-Hermitage over the previous 12 months.  It is because of Betty’s history of commitment to the community and her dedication to furthering the Leadership Donelson-Hermitage program that this award was created in her name in 1999, and she was its first recipient.

Betty Cannon is retired from Metro Nashville/Davidson County School System where she served as Administrative Elementary School Director.  Prior to becoming Director, she served as Principal of Andrew Jackson School.  Under her leadership, the school was named a National School of Excellence, which is the highest honor attainable for an individual school.

Cannon has been and remains active and involved in her community.  During her career she has served and assumed a leadership role on many Boards and committees including the Board of Trustees for the Leukemia Society, the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Center, President and Secretary of the Donelson-Hermitage YMCA, Director of the Donelson-Hermitage Leadership Program, and Chairman of the Tennessee Commission of Children and Youth.  Betty was the first female public board member on the State Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners.  Currently she serves as President of the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Trustees at Lincoya Hills Baptist Church, and State Committee woman from the 5th Congressional District.

Honors received for leadership and service include the Leadership Spirit Award, “Book of Golden Deeds” from the Exchange Club, the Hometown Hero Award-Good Neighbor Community Outreach Organization,  Statesman of the Year from the 5th Congressional District, and recognition as a Star Spangled Salute honoree.

Betty was Director of Leadership Donelson-Hermitage at its inception, and she was instrumental in setting up and starting the program.  She started working on the creation of LDH in December or 1997 and served as its Director for three years – 1998, 1999, and 2000.

If you would like to nominate someone for the Betty Cannon Leadership Spirit Award, send an email to director@leaderhipdh.com.

Criteria for Nominees

  • Demonstrates effective leadership abilities
  • Actively participates in community activities and events
  • Promotes volunteerism
  • Displays characteristics of Leadership Program tenets
  • Demonstrates effective mentoring/development of others
  • Demonstrates commitment and ongoing support of broad-based community service


  • Graduate of Leadership Donelson-Hermitage
  • Alumni in good standing
  • Minimum of 10 years of documented involvement to support achievement of criteria as listed above