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Brotman Hired as Inaugural Howard Distinguished Professor

Stuart Brotman

The School of Journalism and Electronic Media is pleased to announce the hiring of Stuart N. Brotman as the inaugural Herb Howard Distinguished Professor of Media Management and Law, effective January 1, 2016. Brotman is:

  • President of Stuart N. Brotman Communications, a premier management consulting firm serving telecommunications, Internet, media, entertainment and sports clients worldwide;
  • A lecturer at Harvard Law School where he
    • teaches Entertainment and Media Law,
    • serves as a faculty member of the Institute for Global Law and Policy, and
    • is faculty adviser to the Harvard Law School Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law;
  • A faculty member in the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program;
  • Co-director of the Harvard-Stanford Entertainment and Media Law Faculty Exchange Program, and an annual visiting lecturer in entertainment and media law at Stanford Law School; and
  • A nonresident senior fellow in The Brookings Institution’s Government Studies Program/Center for Technology Innovation.

He has extensive experience as a global executive, management consultant, international communications and media lawyer, university educator and government policy maker. He holds a JD from the University of California at Berkeley, where he served as note and comment editor of the California Law Review; an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he specialized in communications regulation and policy; and a B.S., summa cum laude, in communication studies and mass media from Northwestern University.

 Brotman has served in four presidential administrations on a bipartisan basis including as: special assistant to President Carter’s principal communications policy adviser and chief of staff at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA); an inaugural appointee of the Library of Congress Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel; chairman of the US-Israel Science and Technology Foundation; and as a member of the US Department of State Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy. He has traveled to six continents and taught students from 42 countries.

Additional notable accomplishments include serving as:

  • President and CEO of The Museum of Television and Radio,
  • Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies, University of Helsinki, Finland,
  • Professor of communication in residence, Northwestern University in Qatar,
  • Visiting distinguished professor of emerging media, Center for Information and Communication Sciences, Ball State University, and
  • The first telecommunications fellow of the Eisenhower Fellowships Program.

Brotman has written more than 300 articles and reviews on business, technology, policy, history, negotiation, law, regulation and international trade that have appeared in leading scholarly and professional publications. He is the editor of The Telecommunications Deregulation Sourcebook and of Telephone Company and Cable Television Competition. He is the author of Communications Law and Practice (currently in its 38th edition) and of Broadcasters Can Negotiate Anything. His most recent study, Net Vitality, was released by The Media Institute in April 2015.

“I’m honored by this unique academic appointment, and look forward to serving as the Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor,” said Brotman. “The UT administration and College faculty, along with its students, are superb. The opportunities to collaborate with colleagues across campus, including at the Haslam College of Business, the College of Law, and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy are extraordinary. I look forward to contributing to the university’s growing prominence, visibility and impact–nationally and around the world.”

“Stuart Brotman’s remarkable record of accomplishment makes him the perfect choice to serve as the inaugural Herb Howard Distinguished Professor of Media Management and Law,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “We’re thrilled to add one of the world’s leading experts on telecommunication/internet policy, technology and intellectual property to our faculty. It is a game changer for us and catapults us forward in our quest to become a Top 25 public research university!”

The Herb Howard Distinguished Professorship was made possible by a transformational gift from Larry Patrick (MS/C&I ’73), managing partner of Patrick Communications, LLC.  Patrick’s generous gift honors his professor and mentor Dr. Herb Howard, JEM professor emeritus and CCI associate dean emeritus. The holder of the distinguished professorship will honor Howard’s legacy and provide inspiration and guidance to future students in much the same way that Howard influenced Patrick.