Assistant Vice President & Director of Communications

Gina brings her extensive experience in journalism and public relations and dedication to Tennessee to her position as assistant vice president and director of communications for the UT System. Gina received her Bachelor of Arts in English-Journalism at Tennessee Tech and her Master of Science in Communications at UT Knoxville. Gina has also completed fellowships in professional programs in higher education management at Vanderbilt University and Harvard University, and is a graduate of the UT Leadership Institute. Prior to joining the UT family 10 years ago, Gina worked as a reporter for the Knoxville News Sentinel and as a public relations manager for Blount Memorial Hospital.

Gina’s favorite part of her job is the opportunity to work with every UT campus or institute as a member of the UT System administrative staff. As a reporter and public relations manager, Gina won multiple awards including Scripps-Howard national award for breaking news coverage, 2-time winner of the SPJ Best of Show award, and 2-time winner of the PRSA Best of Show award. In addition to her extensive professional achievements, Gina also serves her community and profession as a member of The Next Door Knoxville advisory board, Sunday school teacher, TNAchieves program mentor, member of the Volunteer Chapter (Knoxville) of the Public Relations Society of America, Tennessee College Public Relations Association, and as secretary of the board of directors of the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists.

Gina describes herself as a mildly introverted person working in a highly extraverted field. When not at the office, you can find Gina hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains or at a Cincinnati Reds game with her husband. Gina lives in Knoxville with her husband and two cats.