Mayor Karl Dean to begin teaching at Belmont University this fall

Mayor Karl Dean

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced Wednesday he is joining Belmont University’s faculty as a professor this fall after his term as mayor ends.

Dean will share his years of experience as mayor and legal director before Belmont students, teaching classes in both history and political science.

“The opportunity to work with our cities and states and nations’ future leaders is a big responsibility, and it is something that I will take very seriously,” he said Wednesday.

The mayor said he looks forward to discussing challenges and success facing the city, including its growing diversity.

“We have a really incredible city and when you stop and think about how this city has evolved over the last 10, 12 years, how we have gone from 2 percent foreign born to 12 percent foreign born, when you feel the entrepreneurial energy in this city, the future here is really bright,” Dean explained.

He believes the best days for Belmont students and the city of Nashville lie ahead.

“This city is going to be a better place; 10 years from now, 20 years from now, 30 years from now, and Belmon is going to be a big part of that,” Mayor Dean added.

So the immediate future for Mayor Karl Dean is now known as he transitions into Professor Karl Dean, but what about down the road? What about a run for governor or joining the U.S. Senate?

“So we will have to wait and see,” he responded. “I am not planning anything in my basement right now and obviously I would like to stay involved, and I am interested in the future of our state and the future of our city.”

Dean added, “But we will just have to wait and see how that all transpires.”

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