Larry Patrick (MS/C&I ’73) will deliver the 2018 College of Communication and Information commencement speech at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 in Thompson Boling Arena.
He is managing partner of Patrick Communications, a media investment banking and brokerage firm based in Maryland with over $7.5 billion worth of deals to its credit. The firm has sold over 600 radio stations and 160 television stations. Patrick also owns Legend Communications, a group of 22 small-market radio stations in Wyoming, and an interest in 14 major market television stations. Patrick served as chairman of the board of ION Media Networks, a public company and operator of 60 full-power television stations across the country. He is also a former senior vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).
He is on the board of numerous companies and charitable institutions including: a long time member and past chair of the UT College of Communication and Information’s Board of Visitors, treasurer of the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation, chair of the National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation, chair of the Bayliss Foundation, and past president of the Broadcast Education Association and of the National Association of Media Brokers.
Patrick is the recipient of many awards including: the University of Tennessee’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, the UT College of Communication and Information’s Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award, the Broadcast Education Association’s Distinguished Education Service Award, Ohio University’s Outstanding Alumnus Award and the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Ward L. Quaal Leadership Award.
In 2017, he was named to Tennessee Alumnus Magazine’s list of the Top 100 University of Tennessee Alums. He is also a member of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media’s Hall of Fame and of the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
In addition to his master’s degree in communication from UT, Patrick holds a doctorate in communications and management from Ohio University and a law degree from Georgetown University.
“Larry Patrick is one of the finest individuals I have ever known,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “He is incredibly generous with his time, talent and treasure and is dedicated to making the world a better place. His generosity serves as an inspiration to current and future generations of the Volunteer Family, and he has had a profound effect on the College of Communication and Information and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.”