Pictured from left to right: Governor Phil Bredesen, Byron Trauger, Judge Aleta Trauger, Mona La Branche, MMC President Dr. Mark La Branche
PULASKI, Tenn. – Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen presented Byron Trauger with Martin Methodist College’s (MMC) Governor’s Award of Excellence Wednesday, November 1 in front of a packed house at MMC’s Christian Life Center.
In 1996, Martin Methodist College established the Governor Ned McWherter Award of Excellence that is presented to an individual whose achievements and character have brought recognition to the state of Tennessee. Originally named in honor of Tennessee’s former governor whose 27-year political career was characterized by progress, honesty, and the pursuit of continued excellence, the title of the award has been shortened to the Governor’s Award of Excellence but still stands in memory of Ned McWherter. Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Dr. Bill Frist was the last person to receive the award in 2007.
“How wonderful it is to celebrate one man’s passion for service as well as the institution he has such passion to serve. Martin Methodist has a profound impact not only on its students but also the entire southern middle Tennessee region, and Byron will continue to help lead us to even greater heights.” said MMC President Mark La Branche.
“I’m honored and humbled to be here, and for my good friend Phil Bredesen to present the award means more to me than you could ever know,” Trauger said. “I have a deep long standing connection with this great college where wonderful things happen in the lives of its students, and I’m proud to be a member of the Martin Methodist family.”
Attorney Bryon R. Trauger has been serving Nashville as a lawyer and as a founding partner of law firm Trauger & Tuke for over 30 years. Trauger received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1971, and from 1972 to 1975, he attended College University in Oxford, England as a Rhodes Scholar. In 1977, he earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Yale University, and from there, he stepped into an impressive legal career that he still holds today.
“Byron has had an extremely successful and decorated professional career, but his public service is what really sets him apart—his desire and passion to serve have no limits,” said Bredesen. “Along with working and serving together, Byron and I have been close friends for many years. I’m proud to call him friend, and I’m honored and privileged to present this award to him. There is no one I know more deserving of this distinction than Byron Trauger.”
Martin Methodist College, founded in 1870, is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Martin Methodist offers baccalaureate degrees in 39 programs of study that include English, religious studies, music and dramatic arts, mathematics and natural sciences to business, social sciences, education, criminal justice, and nursing.