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Rose, Jr., Garland P.

Rose, Garland P. Jr.


Garland P. Rose, Jr., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE

President-Elect Nominee

Vision Statement 

Responses to Interview Questions 

Podcast Interview 


Biographical Statement:


  • Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering, University of Tennessee, Nashville, 1975
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 1966
  • Registered Professional Engineer: Tennessee, Texas, Vermont

Work Experience 

  • Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc.; Nashville, TN, 1975-2009: Retired (2009), Chairman Emeritus, 2009-present; Chairman of the Board, 2005-2009; Regional Manager, Nashville, 2002-2006; Division Manager, Environmental, 1989-2001; Member of the Board of Directors, 1985-present; Office Manager, Morristown & Tri-Cities, TN, 1977-1988; Project Manager, 1977-1985: Assistant Project Manager, 1975-1976
  • Consoer Townsend and Associates; Nashville, TN, 1973-1975: Resident Engineer
  • Yearwood Johnson, Architects; Nashville, TN, 1972-1973: Field Representative
  • United States Air Force; Ohio, South Korea, New York, 1967-1972: Civil Engineering Officer, Honorably Discharged, Captain

ASCE Involvement 

  • Recipient, William H. Wisely Award, 2011
  • Chair, Public Policy Committee, 2010-present
  • Chair, ASCE 2011 Annual Conference, Memphis, TN, October 20-22, 2011
  • Member, Committee on Annual and Specialty Conferences, 2010-2011
  • Vice-Chair, ASCE 2010 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, October 21-23, 2010
  • Chair, Policy Review Committee, 2009-2010; Member 2008
  • Region 4 ASCE Nominee for 2009 President-Elect
  • Life Member since 2009
  • Member, Nashville Branch, Tennessee Section (current)
  • Member, Environmental Water Resources Institute, EWRI (current)
  • Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE), 2008
  • Member, Task Committee on Governors’ Roles, 2008
  • Director, District 9; Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee, 2003-2005
  • Member, Board Finance Committee, 2003-2005
  • Member, Board Investment Subcommittee, 2003-2005
  • Member, Governance Restructuring Implementation Committee, 2003-2005
  • Chair, Task Committee on Meetings, 2003-2004
  • Daniel B. Barge, Jr. Distinguished Service Award, Tennessee Section, 2002
  • Nashville Branch, Practitioner Advisor, Vanderbilt University, 1993-2002
  • Delegate, District 9 Council, 1984-2002; Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Chair, Chair, 1988-1990
  • Public Involvement Committee, Member Activities Division, 1986-1990; Chair, 1989
  • Chair, Tennessee Joint Engineering Action Group, 1984
  • President, Tennessee Valley Section, 1984
  • President, Knoxville Branch, Tennessee Valley Section, 1979
  • Outstanding Young Engineer, Tennessee Valley Section, 1978
  • Joined ASCE, Nashville Section, 1973
    ASCE, Student Chapter, Vanderbilt University, 1965-1966

Other Volunteer Activities 

  • Kiwanis Club of Nashville, 1988-present: Club President, 2001-2002; Kiwanian of the Year, 1997 and 1999; Chaplin, 1995-1996; Board of Directors, 1994-1995 and 1996-2002.
  • Johnson City Kiwanis Club, 1985-1987
  • Morristown Kiwanis Club, 1977-1984
  • Vanderbilt University: Coordinator of Senior Design presentations at Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering (current); Civil and Environmental Engineering External Advisory Board, 2002-present; Chapter Honor Member, Chi Epsilon, National Civil Engineering Honor Society, 2001; Nashville Club, Board of Directors, 1996-1998; Engineering School Alumni Association, 1978-1984 .
  • Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers: Outstanding Engineer Award, Holston Chapter, 1987; President, Knoxville Chapter, 1980; State Membership Chairman, 1979; General Chairman, Engineers Week, Knoxville Chapter, 1979; Outstanding Young Engineer, Knoxville Chapter, 1978.
  • Chambers of Commerce – Tennessee
    Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, 1990-2009
    Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, 1988-2009: Participant in Music City Leadership Study Mission to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland, May 2007. This mission was a launch pad for tackling issues facing Middle Tennessee. This high-impact opportunity took approximately 125 community and business leaders as a delegation to study and examine best practices and lessons learned in selected cities. Ideas brought back to Tennessee changed the face of our region and for many the relationships made changed the face of doing business.
    Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, 1984-1988
    Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors, 1982-1984; Vice President – Public Affairs, 1983; Vice President – Community Development, 1982; Chamber Industrial Board; Public Relations Committee.
  • Member, General Advisory Committee, Tri-Cities State Technical Institute, 1985-1987
  • Alumnus, Leadership Kingsport, Tennessee, 1987
  • Chairman, Leadership Morristown, Tennessee, 1984: Headed the group responsible for program’s direction and curriculum
  • Chairman, Morristown-Hamblin County, United Way Campaign, 1983
  • Loaned Executive, Mayor’s Task Force on Efficiency in Metropolitan Government, Nashville, Operating Committee and Team Leader for Justice Systems and Protective Services, 1989
  • McKendree Village, Inc. – A Not-For-Profit Public Benefit Corporation, Nursing and Retirement Facility: Board of Directors – Affordable Housing Development at Savannah, Springfield, and Gallatin, Tennessee, 1997-2002; Vice Chair, Administrative Operations and Long-Range Planning Committee, 1997-1998; Board of Directors, 1996-1998.
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee: President, Nashville Chapter, 1999-2001: Member, State Board of Directors, 1999-2001.
  • Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee: Board of Directors, 2004-2006.
  • Nashville State Tech Community College: Architectural/Civil and Construction Engineering Technology Advisory Committee, 2000-present.
  • Greater Nashville Regional Council: Awarded “Friend of the Council”, 2009 .


  • Wife – Mary Jane Nolan Rose
  • Daughters – Cynthia R. Murr (Husband, Andrew C. Murr, M.ASCE), Knoxville; Janie E. Rose, Nashville
  • Grandchildren – Margaret “Maggie” Ann Murr and Nolan Thomas Murr, Knoxville
  • Methodist
  • Hobbies – Fishing, Genealogy, Golf, and Travel

Vision Statement 

Responses to Interview Questions 

Podcast Interview