Senator Bill Frist is the Chairman of Tennessee’s State Collaborative on Education (SCORE), which he founded in 2009. He is a heart and lung transplant surgeon and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader.
Senator Frist has spent much of his career teaching medicine, health policy and health care economics, and devoted years of board service to his alma maters. He served on the Princeton University Board of Trustees for 14 years, and was a Visiting Professor of International Economic Policy at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and he is the past chair of the Board of Fellows of Harvard Medical School.
Senator Frist represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years, and was elected Majority Leader in 2003, having served fewer total years in Congress than any person chosen to lead that body in history. His service on the Senate HELP Committee, responsible for all federal education policy, later inspired him to found SCORE to propel Tennessee to prominence as a K12 education reform state.
He is a partner at health services investment firm Cressey & Company, a founding partner at Frist Cressey Ventures, and the founder and former director of the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center.
His current board service includes three publicly traded companies AECOM, Select Medical Corporation, and Teladoc, as well as the nonprofit boards of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and the Kaiser Family Foundation. He founded and chairs Hope Through Healing Hands, a humanitarian organization devoted to improving global health, and NashvilleHealth, a community collaborative focused on improving the health and well-being of Nashvillians.
Senator Frist graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. He completed surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford and is board certified in both general and heart surgery.
He has three sons and lives on a farm with his wife, Tracy, in Franklin, Tennessee.