Frank McMeen, a native of Columbia, Tennessee, is the President of the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation where he has worked for the past 15 years. He works with many charitable causes in the Jackson area.
He has served on the Jackson Downtown Development Corporation board of directors for more than 15 years and has served as its president and chairman of the board.
He is on the board of directors for the Jackson Rotary Club, Jackson’s oldest civic organization (established in 1916) as well as one of its past presidents. Twice he has been the recipient of the Rotarian of the Year as well as receiving the Rotary Service Award.
He is a past chairman of the Historical Zoning Commission, having served in that role for more than seven years. Frank is a past president of the Lambuth Area Neighborhood Association (L.A.N.A.), the city’s largest historic neighborhood and the state’s third largest neighborhood. He served for seven terms as its president.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Aspell Recovery Center, an alcohol and drug recovery center in Midtown Jackson. He has chaired the Planning Committee of the Aspell board.
He served in a voluntary role as president of the Health & Healing Clinic, a charitable healthcare clinic for the working poor of Madison County. He worked with Dr. Don Lewis and the board to get the clinic open and hire the staff. The clinic provided medical and dental care for the working uninsured and disabled. These services are now provided through the Medical Clinic of Jackson.
His hobby is restoring older homes and buildings. His efforts resulted in renovating 11 homes and buildings in Midtown and Downtown Jackson. He has completed a major rehab project which turned an abandoned Stephenson Concrete building and warehouse into the Concrete Plant Loft Apartments. The Concrete Plant Loft Apartments provides a very unique, luxury, urban experience to the downtown area of Jackson. Frank and John Allen have completed a major rehab project in Downtown Jackson called the Renaissance Center. The rehab project took the 100 year old Jackson High School and turned it into 14 luxury lofts and 5 office suites. His latest project is a building that was constructed in 1845 and once housed Buddy’s Pool Hall, into what is now Miss Ollie’s, an event space in Downtown Jackson. This, as well as other downtown projects continue to improve the quality of life and living in the midtown and downtown areas of Jackson.
His family has long been connected with Tennessee Walking Horses where his father is a world champion trainer with more than 40 years in the show business. The family presents the N. B. Hardeman Memorial Challenge Trophy to the Juvenile World Champion at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville each year.
Receiving his B.S from Freed-Hardeman University in 1979 and his Master’s Degree in 2008 from the University of Memphis, Mr. McMeen served as Freed-Hardeman’s Assistant Director of Admissions for seven years. He was named President of Columbia Academy in Columbia, Tennessee, a private Christian school of 850 students in 1988. After three years as president, he returned to his alma mater where he became Director of Development then Vice President, responsible for fundraising, alumni relations and marketing. Currently he serves on the Advisory Board and the National Alumni Board of Freed-Hardeman and was the recipient of the award for “Distinguished Service to Christian Education” in 1989.
He is a member of the Campbell Street Church of Christ where he has been a Bible class teacher. He is a supporter of Jackson Christian School where he has volunteered and taught.
He also serves on the board of directors of the Tennessee Dental Association Foundation, headquartered in Nashville. He serves on the A.P.T.A. (Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities) board of directors, also headquartered in Nashville where he is currently the state president. The APTA is the oldest historic organization in the State of Tennessee, owning 15 historic homes across the state of Tennessee.
He received the highest award granted from West Tennessee Healthcare, the President’s Award in 2002; in 2007 he received the “Man of the Year” award from the Boys and Girls Club. The Mother Liberty Church recognized him in 2005 for his community efforts. When he received the Master’s degree in June of 2008, from the University of Memphis and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student for off-campus studies and was also named “Alumnus of the Year” for 2012.
His mission work includes Jamaica and Africa. He traveled to Sierra Leone, Africa, in 2005 to assist in treating sick children with Dr. Jimmy Pratt of the East Jackson Clinic. Dr. Pratt, a native of Sierra Leon, has returned to serve the sick in Sierra Leone.
Mr. McMeen joined the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation in 1998 where he serves as president of the Foundation. With more than 400 funds, 5 chapters and assets that now exceeds $24 million.
In addition to his work at the WTH Foundation, Mr. McMeen is an adjunct professor for the University of Memphis, where he teaches on the graduate and undergraduate levels.
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