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Five New Members Join CCI BOV


CCI welcomes five new additions to its Board of Visitors (BOV).  “Our new members bring a wide range of knowledge and experience to the BOV,” says CCI Dean Mike Wirth.   “Their ability to think strategically coupled with their commitment to community service will have a very positive impact on the college.”  A brief sketch of each new BOV member follows. 

The BOV was created to provide leadership and guidance to help CCI better prepare today’s students and tomorrow’s communication and information leaders.  The board also provides a critical communication link between private enterprise and the academic world.  To learn more about the BOV, see

Alan CarmichaelAlan Carmichael, (B.S. ’69) – President, Moxley Carmichael. Carmichael has 30 years of experience in such areas as communications strategy and planning, government relations, media and community relations, employee and investor communications, public involvement, and marketing communications and advertising. He previously served as senior vice president of communications for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and as a reporter, Washington correspondent and assistant city editor at The Tennessean.  He is very involved in community service including Leadership Knoxville Class of 2000, past president of the board of the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and, in 2004, Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen named him to the Tennessee Commission on National and Community Service. 

Bob ConradBob Conrad, (M.S. ’83) – Library Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Conrad recently won the Distinguished Alumni Award for the School of Information Sciences (SIS)  for his work transitioning the resources of ORNL’s Library from a largely paper-based library with multiple branches to a single main library with an extensive collection of electronic resources.  Prior to coming to ORNL he worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority Law Library.  He is also a past member of the SIS Alumni Board.

Kay DempseyKay Dempsey, (B.S. ‘71 ) – Founder, President and CEO of The Dempsey Companies of Atlanta.  Dempsey has been providing financial guidance to her clients for nearly 40 years.  She is a member of the Advanced Association for Life Underwriting, the Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP), the Financial Planning Association, and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. She is past President of the Atlanta FSP Chapter and served on the National FSP Board of Directors. The Atlanta Financial Planning Association gave Dempsey its Lifetime Achievement Award, for her contributions to continuing education for its members, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle named her a DECA Award winner which recognizes Atlanta’s Top 10 business women.  Dempsey is a frequently requested speaker and writer publishing several articles each year in industry periodicals.  She is also very involved in community philanthropy.

Henry EvansHenry Evans, (B.S. ‘59 ) – Former Managing Partner and President of  The Centre Group in Memphis, TN. Evans had distinguished careers in business (including sales vice president positions at UMIC, Union Planters Investment Banking Group and  V.P./general manager for Orgill Brothers, Inc.) and government (as personnel director and Chief Administrative Officer for Memphis City Government).  Current community service includes serving as a member of the Memphis Public Building Authority (FedEx Forum) and chairman of the Germantown Industrial Development Board and its Board of Zoning Appeals.    Evans is a former chairman of the Memphis chapter of the University of Tennessee Alumni Association and served on the National Alumni Board of Governors.

Phenise PoolePhenise Poole, (B.S. ‘95) – Vice President and Legal Counsel for Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, OH.  While at UT, she was a Whittle Scholar.  In 2006, Poole was selected as an Ohio Rising Star. Her practice on behalf of the bank centers on employment, labor, and workers’ compensation law.  Poole is a member of the American Bar Association and the Judicial Division of Lawyers Conference Executive Committee.  She is a steering Committee member for the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers.  She also serves on the Board of the Cincinnati Ballet.