Jim Foglesong, former director of Trevecca's Music Business Program, was recognized as a "music trailblazer who demonstrates leadership by example " on Sunday, August 23, when he was presented one of three Leadership Music Dale Franklin Awards. Country artist Garth Brooks and producer/songwriter Allen Reynolds also received that award.
When Foglesong was the president of Capitol Records, he signed Garth Brooks, and Reynolds produced Brooks's albums.
Foglesong has played an important role in the Nashville music industry. As president of Dot, ABC, Capitol Records and MCA, he signed and assisted in the careers signed popular artists, including Barbara Mandrell, Don Williams, Garth Brooks, Donna Fargo, Reba McEntire, the Oak Ridge Boys, George Strait, Tanya Tucker, Sawyer Brown, Suzy Bogguss. Foglesong was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Foglesong started his career in music as a back-up singer in New York before moving to Nashville.
Following his retirement from the recording industry, Foglesong taught business music at Vanderbilt University and was the director of the Trevecca Music Business Program. At the end of the 2008-2009 school year, he made the change to part-time status at Trevecca.
He and his wife, Toni, have four children.