Matthew Gann, President

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Marketing and Digital Strategy

Tennessee Board of Regents

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Matthew Gann currently serves as the assistant vice chancellor of marketing and digital strategy at the Tennessee Board of Regents where he oversees strategy and development of all marketing and digital initiatives for the Board and its administrative offices, programs and initiatives, and serves as a consultant for all 40 of the Board’s institutions. Before joining the TBR, Gann spent three years as the web and digital media director at Tennessee Tech University and three years as the vice president of marketing and promotions at Wellness Healthcare Products. In addition, Gann serves as a consultant providing development and planning services for real estate firms, sports marketing agencies, non-profit organizations and healthcare providers.

Chloe Kennedy, Vice President

Assistant Director of Communications

Maryville College

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Chloe Kennedy is the assistant director of communications at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn. Prior to joining Maryville College, she worked for the Knoxville News Sentinel, where she served as a higher education reporter and an online producer. She was also a freelance writer for Knoxville Magazine. Chloe holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications (journalism and electronic media focus) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

April Hefner, Secretary

Editorial and News Content Director

Belmont University

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April Hefner is the Editorial and News Content Director for Belmont University. Prior to joining Belmont in 2007, she was Director of Media Relations for Rocketown Records. She began her career at CCM Communications where she worked for eight years after graduating from James Madison University (VA) with a double major in mass communications and psychology. She also holds a Masters in English from Belmont.

Tami Wallace, Treasurer

Director of Public Relations

Volunteer State Community College

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Tami Wallace is the Director of Public Relations for Volunteer State Community College. Prior to joining Vol State, she was Director of Marketing for the Outreach Program at Auburn University at Montgomery. She began her career as an events publicist for Lake Lanier Islands Resort and continued in the field at Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta. She has also held marketing and public relations positions at Visionland Theme Park in Birmingham, Alabama and Ruby Falls in Chattanooga.


Denise Colwell, Conference and Membership Director

Administrative Assistant

Tennessee Tech University

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Denise Colwell is the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Communication Officer for Communications and Marketing at Tennessee Tech. She is also responsible for planning and coordinating a wide range of presidential events, including Commencement. Denise ensures that special events hosted by the university are executed at the highest level.