Time, Destiny, and Molding Professionals

For architect Brian Tibbs, his interest in Meharry Medical College's growth initiative is very personal.

Some two decades ago, Tibbs volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club as a basketball coach. "We had one star player...he was a little tough to deal with. He was six or seven years old and I was wondering what he was going to turn out to be."

Almost twenty years later, Tibbs was at Meharry Medical College and ran into his basketball protege again. It was Meharry Pre-Alumni President Gerald Onuoha, third-year medical student.  

"I literally looked up at this guy. You just don't imagine the feeling I got—this guy is in a white coat and I remember when he was six or seven years old. He's become a leader at this college.

"That's what we wanted to be a part of."

Tibbs works with the Nashville office of Moody-Nolan—a majority owned African-American architecture firm and the architect for the Cal Turner Family Center.

"It's really easy for us to be a partner with Meharry Medical College," he said. "To see how the vision has grown...it's exactly what we wanted to be a part of."

In his remarks at a November reception for Meharry's corporate supporters, Tibbs said, "I think about how this college molds men and women to be professionals out in the community...it's an honor to be a part of it."