The FRA Hall of Excellence recognizes distinguished alumni and former faculty.
A Hall of Excellence celebration will be scheduled at a later date.

Hall of Excellence Inductees for 2020

Chris Hamby '04

Chris Hamby is an investigative reporter at The New York Times. In 2014, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for his series of stories exposing how prominent lawyers and doctors essentially rigged a specialized legal system to deny benefits and medical care to coal miners suffering from black lung disease. The stories prompted significant reforms by the federal government. His forthcoming book on coal mining and black lung, titled Soul Full of Coal Dust and scheduled for release in June, received the J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award, given by Columbia University and Harvard's Nieman Foundation.

Chris was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting in 2017 for his series of stories on how companies and wealthy individuals used a secretive global legal system to avoid punishment for crimes, undermine environmental and public health laws, and bleed poor nations. His work has also been recognized with Harvard University’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, two White House Correspondents’ Association awards, and UCLA’s Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, as well as awards from the National Press Club, the National Press Foundation, and the Society of Professional Journalists, among others.

Chris was the valedictorian of Franklin Road Academy’s class of 2004. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond in 2008 and earned a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri in 2010. He got his start in journalism as an intern writing about sports for the Nashville City Paperwhile in high school. He has since reported on a range of subjects, including labor, public health, the environment, criminal justice, politics, and international trade. He has spoken at conferences in Australia, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong, and he has guest-lectured at the University of Richmond, the University of Missouri, American University, and Columbia University. For the past ten years, he has lived and worked in Washington, D.C., first at the nonprofit investigative news outlet the Center for Public Integrity and then at BuzzFeed News. He joined the investigations desk at The Times in April 2019.


Hunter Rogers '07

Hunter Rogers graduated from Franklin Road Academy in 2007. While at FRA, Hunter played Football and Soccer, was active in the school newspaper, drama productions, and was President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Leaving Nashville, Hunter attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors in Chemistry. His first duty station was in San Diego, California where he served on the USS Green Bay (LPD 20), where he deployed to the Middle East as well as Bali, Hong Kong, and Hawaii. While in San Diego, Hunter also became the first Active Duty Board Member and eventual Chairman of the Board for USNA Out, a non-profit with the mission of brining LGBTQ+ Alumni from the Naval Academy together.  Upon completion of his tour, he transferred to Charleston, South Carolina to begin his nuclear engineering training.  After completion, he was stationed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in Norfolk, Virginia.  The ship deployed to the Middle East and then turned to San Diego, CA to change home ports, allowing him to circumnavigate the globe.  In May 2017, he began his final tour of duty with the United States Navy at Training Support Center San Diego. After finishing his tour, Hunter chose to leave the Navy and began study at the University of California, Los Angeles at the Anderson School of Management to earn his Master’s in Business Administration. He will spend this summer as a Summer Associate for EY-Parthenon in Los Angeles and will assume the role of President for the Association of Veterans at Anderson as well as Co-President of Out at Anderson for his final year at UCLA.


Dr. Thomas E. Hodges '96

Dr. Thomas E. Hodges (Tommy) is a 1996 graduate of Franklin Road Academy, and 2001 graduate of Belmont University where he majored in mathematics. Following graduation, Hodges taught mathematics in the Upper School at Franklin Road Academy, and served as a coach for the bowling and baseball teams. Hodges went on to earn a master’s and doctorate in mathematics education from the University of Tennessee.  He served as Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Western Carolina University, then the University of South Carolina where he earned the rank of Associate Professor, then Professor. During his time at the University of South Carolina, he coordinated the elementary education program, served as chair of the Department of Instruction in Teacher Education, and now serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Education. 

As Associate Dean, Hodges provides leadership in the areas of academic programing, strategic initiatives, professional partnerships, and assessment in the College of Education. In addition to his role as Associate Dean, he serves as a liaison for one of the 21 schools that are a part of the Professional Development Schools network at USC – providing professional development and demonstration lessons to teachers throughout the school.

Dr. Hodges’ research interests include the development of identities, beliefs, attitudes and dispositions among teachers of mathematics, particularly at the elementary level. In the last ten years, he has authored more than 35 peer-reviewed and invited publications in a variety of outlets, including the Journal of Mathematics Teacher EducationMathematics Education Research JournalTeaching Children MathematicsMathematics Teaching in the Middle School,

Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education, as well as National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ recently released Enhancing Classroom Practice with Research behind Principles to Actions. Dr. Hodges has served on numerous task forces and committees at both the state and national level, and was most recently awarded a grant from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education to develop the Center for Research on Teacher Education, aimed at identifying and institutionalizing promising practices in teacher recruitment, preparation and retention. 


Submissions for 2020 have closed

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Hall of Excellence Purpose

  • Establish and maintain Franklin Road Academy’s tradition of service and academic excellence.
  • Recognize outstanding faculty and alumni throughout Franklin Road Academy’s history.
  • Honor members of the Franklin Road Academy community whose contributions and achievements have improved Franklin Road Academy’s reputation, brought credit to the school, or inspired others to their own personal level of excellence.
  • Illustrate the individual’s character, commitment, passion, and pursuit of excellence.
  • Provide a purposeful connection between the school’s alumni, current and former faculty, as well as current and future students.

Hall of Excellence Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have achieved professional excellence and/or outstanding leadership in their communities.


  1. Recognized for vision and commitment to making an impact, and/or
  2. Performed at a high standard of excellence while at FRA, and/or
  3. Demonstrated outstanding achievement in his/her career, and/or
  4. Recognized for outstanding leadership and service in the community in which he/she has been active

Hall of Excellence Faculty Award recognizes former faculty or staff who have had an exemplary career in pursuit of academic excellence and developing students with integrity.


  1. Made an important and pioneering contribution to the mission of FRA, and/or
  2. Devoted personal energy in working beyond the normal boundaries of his/her job description to motivate students to succeed in and out of the classroom

Hall of Excellence Young Alumni Award recognizes young alumnus/alumnae who have achieved professional excellence and/or outstanding leadership in their communities. (Defined as: under the age of 35 or graduated in the past 15 years)


  1. Recognized for vision and commitment to making an impact, and/or,
  2. Performed at a high standard of excellence while at FRA, and/or,
  3. Demonstrated outstanding achievement in his/her career, and/or,
  4. Recognized for outstanding leadership and service in the community in which he/she has been active

NOTE: The FRA Hall of Excellence committee will review all submissions. Recipients must be able to attend the Hall of Excellence annual event to be considered. All person(s) submitting a nomination will be notified of the results.