Coming from a legacy of graduates and giving, Leslie Linebaugh (B.S./ADVPR ’79) learned the value of giving back to the University of Tennessee from her father, James Rhodes Linebaugh. Her strong family connection to the university includes an uncle, her sister, two cousins and their children. When she began to explore her options for giving, Linebaugh credits CCI Director of Development Andrew Shafer and Chief UTK Development Officer for Nashville Seth Reagan with helping her determine the best way to create two scholarships.
The first scholarship, the Leslie Linebaugh Dean’s Enrichment Endowment, will benefit advertising students in the College of Communication and Information (CCI). To honor her parents, Linebaugh created a second scholarship, the Gail Greene and James Rhodes Linebaugh Endowed Scholarship/Fellowship, at the university level to benefit disadvantaged students from Middle Tennessee. As Linebaugh notes, “I don’t have children and felt this was a way to continue the family legacy of giving by creating these scholarships.” She added, “It has meant a lot to our family to be able to give generously to the university that has given us so much.”
Linebaugh began her student experience at UTK as a business major but decided to change her major after taking an accounting class. Looking for a major that would complement her writing skills and eye for art and good composition, she found advertising to be the perfect match. She complemented her college experience with a membership in the social sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. Linebaugh is President of the Nashville Alumni group for the sorority which recently received the award as the Outstanding Alumni Association of the Province.
Ironically, Linebaugh’s first job after college was working for an accounting firm in Nashville. She then made her way into the music publishing business by taking a temp job. Today she is the Creative Administrative Manager for Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, a Universal Music Publishing company. Her primary duty at Brentwood-Benson is to serve as a liaison for the songwriters and artists with the headquarters in Los Angeles. Her work encompasses handling contracts, licensing, royalties and other administrative components for the songwriters. She serves as part of a management team that has received the Broadcast Management Inc. (BMI) Christian Music Publisher of Year award for the past four years.
Leslie Linebaugh’s gifts are part of the Campaign for Tennessee, a $1 billion fundraising effort of UT. The College of Communication and Information’s goal of $10 million for the campaign has been reached thanks to the generous the contributions of donors like Linebaugh.