The Board of Trustees at Christian Brothers University welcomed two new members, Christopher Koch Jr. and Dr. Barbara Prescott, at its recent February meeting.
Christopher Koch Jr. is Chief Operating Officer of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. As COO, he oversees the overall business, financial planning and operations of the Diocese. Koch has been with Diocese for eight years, previously serving as Director of Development and Strategic Planning. Prior to joining the Diocese, Koch had sixteen years’ experience in the money management and investment business. He is a 1987 graduate of Christian Brothers University with a B.S. in Marketing, Economics and Finance.
Dr. Barbara Prescott is the Executive Director of PeopleFirst Partnership, the education and talent arm of Memphis Fast Forward. As Executive Director, she leads the organization in identifying and advocating for “breakthrough” initiatives to improve educational outcomes in Memphis and Shelby County. Dr. Prescott also is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Vice President of Allie Prescott & Partners, LLC, a consultation firm that works with organizations in the areas of strategic planning, needs assessment, fund raising and project/program development. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of Memphis and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.
Dr. Prescott is a former three-term member of the Memphis City School Board where she served twice as President and Vice President. She served as Chair of the Transition Planning Commission, which was charged by statute with creating the plan for the merger of the Shelby County and Memphis City Schools. She also sat on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee School Boards Association; was named to the All Tennessee School Board in 1999; chaired the Ethics Advisory Board in 2000-2001; earned the distinction of Master School Board member and served as the 2002 President of the Tennessee School Board Association.
In 2012, she was named to the first University of Memphis College of Education Hall of Fame and selected as one of the University of Memphis100 Women of Influence. Recently she was awarded the Woman’s Foundation Legends award for her work in the field of education.