University of Tennessee partners with Tombras on advertising school

When Joseph Mazer thinks about what makes him nervous as dean of the University of Tennessee‘s College of Communication and Information, it always comes back to student opportunity.

Mazer wants to make sure that every student in the college has access to meaningful connections that expose students to real-world experiences, whether that’s through internships, hands-on classroom experiences or networking.

Now, because of a one-of-its-kind industry partnership with a world-class Knoxville agency, students in the college’s advertising and public relations programs are guaranteed to get a taste of the real world before graduating.

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Tombras are coming together to expand and enhance the College of Communication and Information’s advertising and public relations school. 

College of Communication and Information Dean Joseph Mazer speaks at University of Tennessee and Tombras’ unveiling of the new Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations in UT’s College of Communication and Information, Friday, March 25, 2022.

“This vision, and this gift, actually makes me less nervous, because I know that we are going to be providing those opportunities to students so that they could move through and excel,” Mazer said in an exclusive interview with Knox News.

The new name is a first for the university. While UT has some academic colleges named for prominent Tennessee figures — the Haslam College of Business, for example — this is the first school within a college to be named.