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CCI Board of Visitors

History and Purpose

As a means of establishing communications between the private and academic sectors, the board provides counsel and advice regarding goals and objectives, student experiences, resources and financial support by identifying potential funding sources. In today's ever-changing communication and information environment, the Board of Visitors and Honorary Board of Visitors provide leadership and guidance to help the college better prepare today's students and tomorrow's communication and information leaders.


The Board of Visitors and Honorary Board of Visitors serve in a collaborative relationship with the leadership and faculty of the College of Communication and Information to improve the educational opportunities of students and advance the reputation of the college's respective schools. Members work as ambassadors to the information and communications industry, potential donors, prospective graduates and the university as a whole. BOV and HBOV members contribute their professional expertise and perspective, time and energy, direct and indirect professional support and lend their influence to the success of the program.

BOV Update Form

Current Members
Name Job Title Place of Employment
David Bohan Chairman & Founder BOHAN Advertising/Marketing
Adam Brown Executive Strategist Salesforce
Alan Carmichael President Moxley Carmichael, Inc.
Bonnie Carroll Founder and CEO Information International Associates, Inc.
Jacqueline C. Cavnar
Diana Condon Vice President of Advertising Knoxville News Sentinel
Bob Conrad Library Director and Manager of the Scientific and Technical Information Program Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Jeff Copeskey US Government Relations – Southern Region Exxon Mobil Corporation
Gregory E. Cox Senior Analyst, North American Consumer Business Georgia-Pacific LLC
Kay Dempsey CEO The Dempsey Companies
Shannon Jamieson Driver General Manager, U.S. Brand Marketing Scripps Networks Interactive
Jerry Ehrlich President & Executive Creative Director The Brand Squad
Edward "Trey" Fabacher General Sales Manager WTVM-TV
Alisa Harrison SVP Communications & Marketing and Chief of Staff International Franchise Associaion
Ed Ingle Managing Director of Government Affairs Microsoft Corporation
Sharon Price John CEO & President Build-A-Bear
Chuck Jones Owner Chuck Jones Direct Response, Inc., and Chuck’s Roast Coffee
Mark W. Kroeger Communications, Management Consultant; Retired EVP, Chief Communications Officer Scripps Networks Interative
Hilda Schmissrauter Murray Executive Vice President and Partner TPC Printing and Packaging
Danuta A. Nitecki Dean of Libraries and Professor, College of Computing and Informatics Drexel University
Travis Parman VP, International Operations Communications Renault
Larry Patrick Managing Partner Patrick Communications & Legend Communications
J. Phenise Poole Associate General Counsel Omnicare, Inc.
Carol Poston Manager, Marketing Services LifePoint Health
Joe Scholz President and Owner Ryah Creative Group
Tim Sellers Partner, Director of Operations & Client Development Inferno
Gloria Sharrar Retired Senior Vice President, Technology & Operations Bank of America
Kimberly Steger Co-Founder, Operations Officer Let’s Check-In, LLC
Patalia Tate Vice President, Marketing & Creative Strategy Scripps Networks Interactive
Charles Tombras President & CEO The Tombras Group
Marcellus Turner City Librarian The Seattle Public Library
Martha S. (Missy) Wallen Chairman, Knoxville Group Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc.
Elizabeth Clement Webb Mission Support Analyst Federal Bureau of Investigation
John T. Williams Chief Executive Officer The Regional Eye Center
Deb Woolley Owner Customized Management Training and Consulting
Earl Isaac Wright President Forward Solution Strategy Group
Honorary Member
Peyton Manning Retired NFL quarterback, former UT quarterback and five-time NFL MVP

CCI Honorary Board of Visitors

Name Job Title Place of Employment
Mark A. McNeely Senior Partner McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations, LLC
Mary Beth West Principal Mary Beth West Communications, LLC