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Blackburn and Poole Named to CCI Honorary BOV

Holt Blackburn and PooleAnne Holt Blackburn (BS/JEM ’73) and J. Phenise Poole (BS/JEM ’95) have been named as the newest members of the CCI Honorary Board of Visitors (HBOV). 

Blackburn is a reporter and retired news anchor at WKRN-TV in Nashville, Tennessee. She served on UT’s Board of Trustees from 2006-2013 and on CCI’s Board of Visitors from 1990 to 2006. She has received many awards during her career including: CCI’s Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award (2009),  UT Knoxville’s Alumni Service Award (2014), and 7 Emmy Awards. She is also a member of the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame.

Poole is the senior legal counsel/associate general counsel for Omnicare, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a current member of UT Knoxville’s Alumni Board of Directors and served on CCI’s Board of Visitors from 2011 to 2017. Awards she has received include: the YWCA Black and Hispanic Achiever Honoree (2009) and the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati Rising Star (2005). She is also a member of the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers Steering Committee.

In 2016, CCI formed an Honorary Board of Visitors (HBOV) to recognize Emeritus CCI Board of Visitor members who have provided the College with extraordinary leadership and financial support.  Profiles for all CCI HBOV members can be viewed at