On Nov. 8, the College of Communication and Information (CCI) held a ceremony to name its auditorium the Patrick Auditorium in honor of Larry Patrick (MS/Comm ’73). Patrick has given generously of his time, talent and treasure to CCI over the years, including a $1 million cash gift (the largest ever received by CCI) to establish the Herb Howard Distinguished Professorship and a $5 million estate gift to convert the professorship to a faculty chair at some point in the future. Members of the CCI Board of Visitors were in attendance along with UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, UT system President Joe DiPietro, Dr. Herb Howard and a number of CCI faculty, staff and alumni.
Larry Patrick graduated from the college in 1973 with a master’s degree in communications, and went on to earn a doctorate in communications and management at Ohio University and a law degree from Georgetown University. He is a member and former chair of the college’s Board of Visitors and has received the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012, the highest honor given to alumni, and the college’s Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award in 1995.
As managing partner of Patrick Communications LLC, he has handled hundreds of radio and television broadcasting deals totaling more than $7.5 billion during his career. A pre-eminent broadcast industry restructuring expert, Patrick is the Internal Revenue Service’s appraiser of choice for broadcast valuations. The story of his gift was covered by Radio World, http://www.radioworld.com/article/patrick-gives-major-donation-to-tennessee/222248.
“Thanks to Larry Patrick’s willingness to “pay it forward,” Patrick Auditorium will forever serve as a gathering place where ideas are exchanged and shared and student lives and horizons are expanded,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth.
A plaque commemorating Patrick’s accomplishments and contributions was unveiled during the ceremony and now hangs in the entrance to the auditorium.