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Advisory Board Members


Allen CarterAllen Carter, a 1995 graduate in finance, is the owner of Athens Insurance Agency in McMinn County, one of the largest individually owned insurance agencies in the Southeast. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Pat Summitt Foundation and the University of Tennessee President’s Council.


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 PhotographBeauvais Lyons is a Chancellor’s Professor of Art and teaches in our nationally ranked Printmaking program. He has taught at UT since 1985 and has twice served as Faculty Senate president. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University and his Bachelor of Fine arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


Alexandra SzmutkoAlexandra Szmutko is a third-year doctoral student in sociology whose research focuses on the ritualized representations of criminal justice in American crime film. She has a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from the University of Dallas and a master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice with a concentration in theory and research from the University of North Texas. She has been involved in student government organizations throughout her academic career.