As a producer and music executive, he had helped build Nashville’s country music industry— had given some country music stars their “big chance” in the industry and had helped others advance their careers. His own career in the industry secured his election to the Country Music Hall of Fame, where his plaque hangs beside those of country music legends. But at a time in his life when he could have retired and enjoyed the fruits of his career success, Jim Foglesong continued to do what he had always done—remain behind the scenes and promote others, this time by teaching the about music industry to students at Trevecca and at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music.
Foglesong came to Trevecca in 1999, at age 76, to serve as Trevecca’s first full-time director of the Music Business Program; in 2008 he “retired” as director but continued to teach part time in that program until 2010. Jim Foglesong died on July 9, 2013. Beloved by his students, he left a legacy at Trevecca by the way he taught and encouraged students and by his “walk” on this campus as a kind and gentle man to all who knew him.