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.

2018-2019 College of Communication and Information Sciences Board of Visitors

Bruce Akin

Donna Barrett
President and CEO
Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.

Kenneth Boone
Publisher and President
Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc.

Steve Bradley
Stephen Bradley and Associates, LLC

Greg Brown
President and CEO
Learfield Communications, Inc.

Jerdan Bullard
Executive Director, Emeritus
Alabama Broadcasters Association

Alan Burns (Emeritus)
Alan Burns and Associates

Donna Burns (Emeritus)
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)
The Copeland Strategies Group, LLC

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

Phil Cox
General Manager

Rece Davis
Studio Host/Commentator

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

Cherie Feenker
Acquisitions Librarian, Emerita
Samford University Law Library

Hallie Bradley Fincher
Manager of Community Initiatives
Alabama Power Company

John Gardner
Luckie & Company

Lindsay Garrison
Senior Vice President

Joe Gibbs
Gibbs Investments, LLC

Angela Gillespie

Alyse Goodwin
Senior Manager, Global Initiatives and Integration
The Walt Disney Company

Winston Groom Jr.

Janet Hall
News Anchor

Billy Harvill
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)
Bradley, Arant, Boult & Cummings LLP

Scott Johnson
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
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
Bradley, Arant, Boult & Cummings LLP

Felicia Mason
Executive Director
Alabama Press Association

Jake McKenzie
Intermark Group, Inc.

John L. Montgomery III
Founder and President
Big Communications

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

Debra Nelson
Elevate LLC

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

Nance Parker
News Anchor

Voncile Pearce
Radio South, Inc.

Lee Perryman
Director, ENPS
Associated Press

Jim Rainey
The Tuscaloosa News

Bruce Reid Sr.
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

Joshua Silberberg
Managing Director, Public Affairs
FP1 Strategies

Christopher Sign
TV News Anchor
ABC 33/40

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.
Talton Communications, Inc.

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

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

Sharon Tinsley
Alabama Broadcasters Association

John Walker
President / General Manager

Jimmy Warren
TotalCom, Inc.

Judy Weaver 

Lisa Weil

Nancy Wood
Communications Consultants

Sally Lyons Wyatt
Executive Vice President and Practice Leader