Margie Nichols is vice chancellor for communications for the University of Tennessee. She joined the university in November 2007 and moved into her current role in September 2008. Nichols is responsible for Media and Internal Relations, Creative Communications, Video and Photography, and WUOT. She is also a member of the chancellor's management team.
Prior to coming to UT, Nichols served as senior director of communications and government relations for Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, where her primary responsibilities included internal and external communications for the city.
Nichols has twenty-six years of experience in television news, including eight years as news director at WBIR-TV in Knoxville, as well as positions with stations in Nashville and Memphis. Her work in broadcasting earned her several awards, including a 1987 Peabody Award, a 1986 Emmy Award for Investigative Reporting, a 1987 George Polk Award for Local Television Reporting, and various local and regional awards.
She serves on the board of the Young-Williams Animal Center and is past president of the Executive Women's Association and a past member of the UT National Alumni Association Board of Governors Executive Committee. She is a 1991 graduate of Leadership Knoxville and previously served as chair of the UT Knoxville Chancellor's Associates.
Nichols is a University of Tennessee alumnus, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She graduated magna cum laude from UT Martin.
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