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About the Board of Visitors

The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences Board of Visitors serves as an advisory group for C&IS. Our Board of Visitors are established communication professionals and industry leaders who work closely with senior administration to affect positive change in the College’s curriculum, experiential learning opportunities and advancement activities.

Within the Board of Visitors, there are six standing committees — each created to perpetuate the strategic priorities of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. The six standing committees are: Executive Committee, Membership and Nominating Committee, Major Gifts Committee, Awards Committee, and Faculty and Student Development Committee.


2017-2018 College of Communication and Information Sciences Board of Visitors

Bruce Akin
CEO
B.A.S.S., LLC

Donna Barrett
President and CEO
Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.

Jim Boone, Jr.
Chairman of the Board
Boone Newspapers, Inc.

Kenneth Boone
Publisher and President
Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc.

Steve Bradley
President
Stephen Bradley and Associates, LLC

Greg Brown
President and CEO
Learfield Communications, Inc.

Jerdan Bullard
Executive Director, Emeritus
Alabama Broadcasters Association

Alan Burns (Emeritus)
CEO
Alan Burns and Associates

Donna Burns (Emeritus)
COO
Alan Burns and Associates

Christi Burnum
Director of Advertising and Brand Strategy
Northrop Grumman

Denise Canfield
Executive Vice President of Branch Support
Regions Bank

Todd Carpenter
President and CEO
Boone Newspapers, Inc.

Roy Clem
Executive Director
Alabama Public Television

John Cochran
Retired Senior Correspondent
ABC News

Barry Copeland (Emeritus)
President
The Copeland Strategies Group, LLC

Floyd G. Council, Sr. 
Executive Director
Birmingham Public Library

Phil Cox
General Manager
WDEF TV/DT

Rece Davis
Studio Host/Commentator
ESPN

Robin DeMonia
Executive Vice President
Direct Communications

Louis G. Donadio
Head of Sales
Vizuri Health Sciences

David DuBose
Market President and Chief Revenue Officer
Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa

Bill Dunnavant
Former Owner
Athens Broadcasting Company

Ellen East
Former Executive Vice President and Chief Communication Officer
Time Warner Cable

Michelle Roper Elrod
EVP, Head of Marketing
Regions Bank

Jamie B. Estes
President
Estes Public Relations

Cherie Feenker
Acquisitions Librarian
Samford University Law Library

Hallie Bradley Fincher
Manager of Community Initiatives
Alabama Power Company

John Gardner
President
Luckie & Company

Lindsay Garrison
Senior Vice President
Edelman 

Joe Gibbs
Owner
Gibbs Investments, LLC

Angela Gillespie
President
W2Owcg 

Winston Groom Jr.
Author

Janet Hall
News Anchor
WBRC-TV, FOX 6 

Billy Harvill
President
Brookwood Investments, LLC

Frank Helderman Jr. (Emeritus)
Publisher Emeritus

William J. Hendrich
Executive Vice President, Radio
Cox Media Group

Michelle Holmes
Vice President of Content
Alabama Media Group

Cutter Hughes Jr. (Emeritus)
Partner
Bradley, Arant, Boult & Cummings LLP

Scott Johnson
Member
Fletcher, Heald, and Hildreth, P.L.C.

Gibby Johnston Jr. (Emeritus)
Retired Partner
Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP

Jonathan S. Katz
President & CEO
Katz Networks 

Bill Keller
Former Executive Director
Alabama Press Association 

Jim LaMoreaux
Chairman
P.E. LaMoreaux & Associates, Inc.

Pat LaPlatney
President and CEO
Raycom Media

Charlie H. Land (Emeritus)
Publisher, Retired

Clyde Lear (Emeritus)
President, Retired
Learfield Communications, Inc.

John Lewis Jr. (Emeritus)
President, Retired
Lewis Communications, Inc.

Tripp Lewis III
Director of Business Development
Lewis Communications, Inc.

Bill Lewis
Retired Partner
Slaughter Hanson Advertising

Bobby Luckie III
Chairman and CEO, Retired
Luckie & Co.

Kim Martin
Partner
Bradley, Arant, Boult & Cummings LLP

Felicia Mason
Executive Director
Alabama Press Association

Jake McKenzie
CEO
Intermark Group, Inc.

John L. Montgomery III
Founder and President
Big Communications

Warner Moore III
Senior Vice President
UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Debra Nelson
President
Elevate LLC

Bill O’Connor Jr.
President, Results LLC
President, Public Health Solutions LLC

Nance Parker
News Anchor
WVUE FOX 8

Voncile Pearce
President
Radio South, Inc.

Lee Perryman
Director, ENPS
Associated Press

Jim Rainey
Publisher
The Tuscaloosa News

Bruce Reid Sr.
Partner
Stamp Idea Group

Tom Roberts
Director of Broadcasting, Retired
Crimson Tide Sports Network

Marie Robinson
SVP, Corporate Strategy & COO
Michael Kors

Jamie M. Sawyer
Vice President of Media Planning and Creative
Raycom Media

Matt P. Scalici Jr. (Emeritus)
General Manager
PSSI Global Services/Strategic TV

Tom Scarritt
Former Editor
The Birmingham News 

Linda Paulmeno Sewell
Corporate Director, Community Relations and Communications
Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc.

Steve Sewell
Executive Vice President
Economic Development Partnership of Alabama

Dr. Jacque Shaia
Attorney at Law
Visiting Assistant Professor
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Barrett Shelton Jr. (Emeritus)
Publisher and Editor, Retired
The Decatur Daily

Clint Shelton III
Publisher and Editor
The Decatur Daily 

Steven Shipowitz
Director of Operations
Running Pony Productions

Deb Shriver (Emeritus)
VP, Chief Communications Officer
The Hearst Corporation

Ben Shurett
Publisher and Editor, Retired
The Sand Mountain Reporter

Brad Shurett
Publisher

Stuart D. Sockwell
Vice President, Field Operations
Darby Doors, LLC & Total Trim, LLC

James Spann
Chief Meteorologist
Alabama’s ABC 33/40

Julius Talton Jr.
President
Talton Communications, Inc.

Andre Taylor (Emeritus)
VP, Communications, Retired
Alabama Gas Corporation

Dolph Tillotson (Emeritus)
Executive Vice President
Southern Newspapers Inc.

Sharon Tinsley
President
Alabama Broadcasters Association

Jimmy Warren
President
TotalCom, Inc.

Judy Weaver 

Lisa Weil

Nancy Wood
Owner/Principal
Communications Consultants

Sally Lyons Wyatt
Executive Vice President and Practice Leader
IRI