Tiffany Carpenter: Public Relations at the University of Tennessee

May 1, 2024

In this episode of MsInterPReted, we talk with Tiffany Carpenter about her years handling public relations and communications at the University of Tennessee. From growth plans and marketing tactics to working a high-stress as a mom, Tiffany shares insights and personal experiences.

Tiffany Carpenter started her career in the public relations agency world and went on to manage communications for the athletics department at the University of Tennessee, including managing the reins of Mike Hamilton, Joan Cronin, Pat Summitt, Phillip Fulmer, Buzz Peterson, Bruce Pearl the infamous Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley.
She went from there to the University of Tennessee Foundation as Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing and she managed communication with 355,000 alumni across four campuses. She has gone to serve the University of Tennessee system-wide as Vice President of Communications and Marketing; Associate Vice President of Communications and Marketing; and Assistant Vice President of Marketing where she works directly with Randy Boyd, the President of the University of Tennessee System.
She recently launched a successful public relations campaign – the “Everywhere UT” campaign statewide. She was named Public Relations Alumnus of the Year in 2016 by the UT College of Communications and Information Sciences and was included on Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list.In this episode, we discuss:

  • Tiffany’s career in communications
  • Stories of working such a high-stress job as a mom
  • Growth plans for the University of Tennessee System
  • Crisis management
  • Public Relations and Marketing tactics to reach students