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Advisory Board Members

Alexia Poe photographAlexia Poe, a 1995 graduate of the College of Communication and Information, is a public relations consultant for the Nashville-based Ingram Group. She has previously served as director of communications for Governor Bill Haslam, director of economic and community development for Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and communications director for Senator Lamar Alexander.


Tom Smith photographTom Smith, a 1980 graduate of the Haslam College of Business, is chairman of Smith/Hallemann Partners, a Nashville-based real estate firm. He was previously chairman of Mission Property Company and served on the board of directors of Highwoods Properties Inc.


John Tickle photographJohn Tickle, a 1965 graduate of what is now the Tickle College of Engineering, is chairman of Strongwell Corporation, a manufacturing firm based in Bristol, Virginia. He was president of the company from 1972 to 2011 and served on UT’s Board of Trustees from 2015 to 2018.


Syreeta Vaughn photographSyreeta Vaughn, a 2005 and 2013 graduate of UT with master’s degrees in industrial management industrial and system engineering, is a facilities safety engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she supports their category 1, 2, and 3 nuclear facilities. She has served as president of the Knoxville Area Urban League Young Professionals. 


Beauvais Lyons Photograph

Beauvais Lyons is a Chancellor’s Professor of Art and teaches in our nationally ranked Printmaking Program. He has taught at UTK since 1985, has twice served as Faculty Senate President, and received his MFA from Arizona State University and his BFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. 


Karmen Jones Photograph

Karmen Jones is a fourth-year undergraduate student, majoring in English with a concentration in English Rhetoric and minoring in Africana Studies. She currently serves as the president of the university’s Student Government Association. She was a member of the Student Code of Conduct Revisory Board and a recipient of the SGA Jimmy Cheek Leadership Award in 2019.