Retired Bridgestone Executive Joins Nashville School of Law Board of Trust

Retired Bridgestone Americas CEO and President Gary Garfield has joined Nashville School of Law’s Board of Trust.

 “Gary brings an exceptional combination of international business experience and legal knowledge to the School,” said President and Dean William C. Koch, Jr. “As Nashville grows and the needs of our students and the legal community mature, we are grateful to have a professional such as Gary to help guide our future.”

Gary Garfield

Garfield, who retired from Bridgestone Americas in 2016, was part of the leadership team that moved the Bridgestone Americas headquarters to downtown Nashville in 2017, cementing the corporation’s ties to the rapidly growing city and downtown area. Garfield also served as chairman of Bridgestone Americas, a global company with over 55,000 employees operating on five continents, as well as Senior Vice President of Bridgestone Corporation.

Board of Trust Chairman Aubrey Harwell welcomed Garfield to the Board.

“The School’s Board is privileged to have a professional such as Gary join its ranks. As we continue to advance the mission of Nashville School of Law, Gary’s wisdom and expertise will be an immense asset,” Harwell said.

Garfield’s career at Bridgestone began in 1991, and he worked his way to serving as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for the company before being named CEO and President of Bridgestone Americas in 2010. His tenure is noted for the six continuous years of record results for the company.

Garfield said he is honored to join the Board of Trustees and looks forward to working with them, Dean Koch, and the team at the School as it continues to provide an outstanding legal education to its students. 

Garfield speaks professionally on several subjects such as change management and leadership, and he has been a guest speaker at West Point, and in classes at the Yale Management School, Wharton, Vanderbilt University, and Belmont University. He also has been a strong proponent of implementing comprehensive transit and transportation solutions for Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

He is a graduate of Wittenberg University and earned his J.D. at University of Cincinnati College of Law. Garfield and his wife, Cindy, reside in Brentwood.

Other members of Nashville School of Law’s Board of Trust are:

Aubrey B. Harwell, Jr., Chairman
Judge Frank G. Clement, Jr. 
Thomas F. Cone, Sr.
Judge Waverly Crenshaw
John T. Rochford, III

Nashville School of Law was founded in 1911. The School’s mission is to provide the opportunity for a high-quality legal education at an affordable tuition to students who might otherwise not be able to attend law school.