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Vice Chancellor for Communications Candidates to Visit Campus

I am pleased to announce that three candidates for the position of vice chancellor for communications will visit campus over the next two weeks.

As part of their visit, each candidate will lead a public forum for the campus community and respond to questions following their presentation. The campus community is invited to provide feedback on each candidate.

Mike Wirth, dean of the College of Communication and Information, is chairing the search.

The candidates are as follows:

Tisha Benton

Open Forum: 1:45–2:45 p.m. Monday, October 22, in the Communications Building Scripps Lab, Room 402

Benton is the deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Environment in the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. She leads eight technical divisions responsible for the quality of Tennessee’s air, water, and land. She oversees budget and regulatory compliance across the bureau’s 900 staff in 10 offices, manages the bureau’s customer relations, meets with businesses looking to expand or relocate in Tennessee, and provides information regularly to members of the Tennessee General Assembly. Her previous roles within TDEC include assistant commissioner for external affairs, director of communications, and director of the Division of Water Resources. Benton has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri–Columbia and is currently pursuing a master’s degree from Tennessee Technological University.

Tom Hutton

Open Forum: 1:45–2:45 p.m. Monday, October 29, in the Communications Building Scripps Lab, Room 402

Hutton most recently was the executive director of university communications and media relations for the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He was responsible for strategic direction and hands-on work in the areas of media relations, internal communication, and executive preparation, as well as supervisory and active participation in university social media, photography, brand management, digital asset management, and trademark licensing. Previously he was director of the university’s Office of University Relations and directed public relations efforts for the University of Colorado Foundation. Hutton has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado, Denver.

Renea Morris

Open Forum: 1:45–2:45 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, in the Communications Building Scripps Lab, Room 402

Morris most recently was the chief marketing officer in the University Communications and Marketing Office at Ohio University. She was responsible for leading and guiding the central marketing, branding, and public relations strategies for the university, including media and internal relations, WOUB, and video and photography. Previously she was the director of public relations for the Convergys Corporation. Morris has a master’s degree in education administration from Ohio University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Morris holds the APR accreditation in public relations.

View each candidate’s curriculum vitae on the position search website.

I hope you will make plans to attend the forums and share your feedback.