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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 & Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Data Officer Information International Associates, Inc.
Jacqueline C. Cavnar Chief Operating Officer Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee
Jeff Copeskey US Government Relations – Southern Region Exxon Mobil Corporation
Amy Corn Owner/Corporate Communications Executive Amy W. Corn Communications
Gregory E. Cox Senior Analyst, North American Consumer Business Georgia-Pacific LLC
Stephanie Frazier Director of Sales, Global Content & Media Division CenturyLink
Alisa Harrison SVP Global Marketing & Research National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Ed Ingle General Manager, Government Affairs Microsoft Corporation
Sharon Price John CEO & President Build-A-Bear
Chuck Jones Executive Director Common Wealth Charlotte, Inc.
Jamie Lonie Founder and CEO Amplifi Digital
Ryan McGee Senior Writer ESPN
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
Carol Poston Senior Manager, Marketing Services LifePoint Health
Cecelia J. Prewett Managing Director SKDKnickerbocker
Rex L. Repass President Research America Inc.
Tiffani Saxton Product Marketing Lead Arity / Allstate Corporation
Tim Sellers Partner, Director of Operations & Client Development Inferno
Andrew Shafer President Strategic Development Solutions
Gloria Sharrar Retired Senior Vice President, Technology & Operations Bank of America
Marcellus Turner City Librarian The Seattle Public Library
Martha S. (Missy) Wallen Chairman, Knoxville Group Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc.
John T. Williams Chief Executive Officer The Regional Eye Center
Sharrie Williams News Anchor WPVI-TV, ABC Philadelphia
Deb Woolley Owner Customized Management Training and Consulting
Shali Zhang Dean of Libraries and Professor Auburn University
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
Cathy G. Ackermann President and CEO Ackermann Public Relations and Marketing
Anne Holt Blackburn Reporter; News Anchor (retired) WKRN-TV
Mark McNeely Partner McNeely Brockman Relations
Larry Patrick Managing Partner Patrick Communications & Legend Communications
J. Phenise Poole Senior Legal Counsel Deputy General Counsel, Senior Vice President Fifth Third Bank
Charles Tombras President & CEO The Tombras Group
Mary Beth West Public Relations Strategist