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Tisha Benton Named Vice Chancellor for Communications

I am pleased to announce that Tisha Benton has been appointed vice chancellor for communications. Her first day will be December 17.

As the university’s chief communications and marketing officer, Tisha will serve on the chancellor’s cabinet as a key advisor and member of the university’s senior leadership team.

She will lead the Office of Communications and Marketing, which includes Creative Communications, Media and Internal Relations, Video Production, and WUOT-FM 91.9.

Tisha is a thoughtful, well-respected, and trusted leader in the state. She has extensive experience with large, complex organizations and brings a unique perspective to this position. I look forward to working with her to move ahead with the university’s communications and marketing goals.

Tisha currently serves as deputy commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Bureau of Environment. In 2004, she began her career at TDEC as deputy director of communications. She quickly advanced in the agency, serving as director of communications, assistant commissioner for external affairs, and director of the Division of Water Resources.

Prior to her work with TDEC, Tisha was a senior executive producer at Knoxville’s WATE-TV. She has served on the board of directors for Keep Knoxville Beautiful and as an allocations volunteer for United Way of Greater Knoxville. Additionally, she has provided communications and organizational assistance to the Great Smoky Mountains Park Commission.

Her earlier broadcast experience includes producing evening newscasts for WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; KRNV-TV in Reno, Nevada; and KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri.

Tisha’s honors include the Governor’s Excellence in Service Award and being named a Next Gen Innovator Award national finalist. She has been recognized for crisis communications on issues including coal ash, floods, and numerous other complex environmental matters. Tisha is a graduate of LEAD Tennessee, the state’s premier leadership training program.

Tisha is originally from Tabernacle, New Jersey, and earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She is pursuing a Master of Science from Tennessee Technological University.

She and her husband, David, have a six-year-old daughter, Emma. They’re excited to move back to Knoxville.

Please join me in welcoming Tisha and her family to Rocky Top.

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