Chancellor Beverly Davenport today announced the appointment of Ryan Robinson as the universityâ€™s vice chancellor for communications.
Robinson will assume his duties May 17 as the universityâ€™s chief communications and marketing officer. In this role, he will oversee the Office of Communications and Marketing and WUOT-FM 91.9, the universityâ€™s public radio station.
He will be a member of the chancellorâ€™s cabinet and report directly to the chancellor.
â€œI could not be more pleased to add Ryan to my leadership team,â€ Davenport said. â€œHe has built outstanding relationships with key university stakeholders and is a dynamic communications professional with exceptional PR instincts.â€
Robinson has worked in public relations for 20 years and currently serves as the senior associate athletic director for communications at UT. He oversees media relations, internet communications, broadcasting, and creative services, and also serves as the primary communications strategist for football and the athletic department administration.
â€œRyanâ€™s leadership in the athletic department has been exemplary,â€ Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics John Currie said. â€œHe is a dynamic leader and collaborative team member. I look forward to continuing our relationship as we work together as part of Chancellor Davenportâ€™s leadership team.â€
Robinson succeeds Jacob Rudolph, who has served as the interim vice chancellor for communications since July 2016.
â€œI am thankful to Chancellor Davenport and members of the search committee for believing in me,â€ Robinson said. â€œIt is an honor to work on behalf of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni as we continue to elevate UTâ€™s academic and institutional profile. I look forward to collaborating with the talented communications staff and canâ€™t wait to get to work.â€
Before joining UT, Robinson was director of public relations for the NFLâ€™s Jacksonville Jaguars. Prior to his 10-year stint with the Jaguars communications team, he served as executive director of Peyton Manningâ€™s PeyBack Foundation and assistant director of public relations for the Indianapolis Colts.
Robinson, who is from Ashland, Kentucky, earned his bachelorâ€™s degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky.