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Patrick to Receive UTK’s Highest Alumni Honor

Larry Patrick

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Alumni Board of Directors has selected Larry Patrick (MS / Comm ’73) to receive the University’s 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award.  Patrick, along with Mark Dean, Pat Summit, Ann Tickle and John Tickle, Sr., will be presented with the award at a dinner at the Knoxville Convention Center on Friday, Sept. 7.  Patrick said, “I was totally surprised when Chancellor Cheek came to my office to tell me of my selection.  UT is a terribly important place (to my wife and I), and it is an honor to be able to help the University in some small way.”

Larry Patrick is the Managing Partner of Patrick Communications, a leading brokerage and investment banking firm offering media, tower and telecom financial services (see  He received the College of Communication and Information’s (CCI) Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award in 1995.  He is a member of CCI’s Board of Visitors (which he chaired from 2002-2005). He also chaired the college’s Capital Campaign Committee as part of the Campaign for Tennessee, served on the UT Knoxville Development Council and has held many volunteer leadership positions for industry organizations including: president of the National Association of Media Brokers and president of the Broadcast Education Association. 

The Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is the UT Knoxville Alumni Board’s highest alumni honor. It is reserved for alumni who have excelled at the national or international level.  Dedicated to the Volunteer spirit, the purpose of this award is to recognize alumni who have attained extraordinary distinction and success in their fields of endeavor, whose achievements have brought credit to The University of Tennessee and benefit to their fellow citizens. Up to four awards may be given in a year to living alumni. Up to two awards may be given posthumously.  To view more information about this and other alumni awards, please visit .

 “Larry Patrick has had a remarkable professional career, and he has given very generously of his time, talent and treasure to the college, the university and many other worthy causes,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “His leadership, commitment and dedication serve as an outstanding example of the positive impact one person can have. Larry’s passion for giving back and making a difference inspires our students, faculty, staff and alumni to strive for excellence in everything we do.”

In addition to his master’s degree from UT, Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, a Ph.D. in Communication from Ohio University and a law degree from Georgetown University.