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Alumni News: Albright, Mallard, Repass, Scott, Wills

Kendra Albright

Kendra S. Albright, PhD (PhD/C&I ’02; MS/IS’85; BS/CEHHS ‘79;) will become the new director of Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), effective July 1, 2016. Albright currently serves as a full professor in the School of Library and Information Science and director of the African Studies Program at the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia. Before pursuing an academic career, she was division manager for Information Services at Information International Associates (IIa) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Kina Mallard

Kina S. Mallard, PhD (PhD/C&I ‘91; MA/CS ’83;) was inaugurated as Reinhardt University’s president on May 15, 2015 at the main campus in Waleska, Georgia.  Prior to assuming the presidency of Reinhardt University, Mallard served as the provost of Carson-Newman University. During her 30-year career in higher education, she has contributed research and writing in the area of faculty and leadership development. In 1999, she was named Tennessee Communication Educator of the Year.

Rex Repass

Rex Repass (MS/C&I ’77), founder and CEO of R.L. Repass & Partners, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio was a recent commentator on a Fox News program offering analysis of the presidential campaign. See

Gloria SharrarThe School of Information Sciences (SIS) presented Gloria Sharrar (MS/IS ’82), retired Bank of America senior vice president of technology and operations and CCI Board of Visitors member, with the 2016 SIS Distinguished Alumni Award at its Hooding Ceremony, May 13, 2016.

Amanda Wills

Amanda Wills (BS/JEM ‘08) has been named CNN Digital’s first New York-based senior editor. Wills served as editor in chief of (i.e. the Tennessee Journalist) while she was a UT student. The full article can be seen at