The College of Communication and Information officially welcomed seven new members to its Board of Visitors at its Fall 2010 meeting. The new members participated in an orientation session on Friday, Oct. 22, prior to joining the rest of the board for the full meeting.
Nannette Baker ’78 serves on the Missouri Court of Appeals in St. Louis. She became the first African-American woman to serve as Chief Judge of that court in 2008. Judge Baker previously held the position of Circuit Court Judge in the City of St. Louis. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she practiced law at two different St. Louis law firms. She also had the honor of clerking for a United States District Court judge in Memphis after graduating from St. Louis University School of Law. She worked as a television news reporter, anchor and talk show host for 13 years prior to beginning her legal career.
Patrick Birmingham is the president and publisher of the Knoxville News Sentinel. He was publisher at the Scripps-owned Corpus Christi Caller-Times from 2004 until his move to Knoxville in October 2009. Birmingham began his career at the Kansas City Star in advertising sales and management. He received his education from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He is a member of the Tennessee Press Association, the Newspaper Association of America, and a past member of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association.
Hamp Hampton ’78 is the President and CEO of FitzRoy Media in New York, NY, a marketing consulting and licensing agency with a specific focus on animation co-production financing and TV distribution of content.
Veon Mynatt ’85 is Director of Research/ Peachtree TV at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta. Prior to this position, she worked for 19 years at WATL-TV. Mynatt is a current member of NAB’s Broadcast Research Initiative and a past member of the Scarborough Research Advisory Board.. She is also a recipient of TvB’s Harold B. Simpson Excellence in Research Award.
Pam O’Connor ’72 is President and CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World in Chicago, the largest global network of more than 600 premier independent real estate firms. O’Connor has managed real estate and relocation organizations for the past 28 years. She was the first woman to head a major real estate network and previously held marketing positions for WSB-TV in Atlanta and a major national real estate development firm as well as co-owning Bryson-O’Connor Public Relations in Atlanta. She has served as CEO for three networks which ultimately consolidated under Reliance Relocation Services, Inc. in 1998.
Steve Spiro is a Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Memphis. A graduate of Memphis State University, Spiro’s father and son are UTK graduates, and his daughter is a current UTK student majoring in Public Relations. Spiro is a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and a Life and Qualifying Member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT).
John Wilken ’86 is the Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology and the Executive Director of HathiTrust at the University of Michigan. Wilkin previously served as the Head of the Digital Library Production Service at the University of Michigan, a position he held from its inception in 1996. He holds graduate degrees in English from the University of Virginia, and in Library Science from UT. Wilken is a member of the RLG Committee, CLIR/DLF Advisory Committee, HathiTrust Executive Committee, RLG Council, and a former member of the Association for Computers and the Humanities Executive Committee.