Feb. 16, 2017
Owen Driskill has been named Roane State Community College’s executive director for the Oak Ridge Campus and Community Relations.
Dr. Driskill joined Roane State’s staff in 2007 after a 10-year career in journalism as a reporter and editor. He served as Roane State's news coordinator until 2011, when he became the college's director of marketing and public relations.
Dr. Driskill serves on the boards of Explore Oak Ridge, First Steps Child Development Center in Oak Ridge, and the Oak Ridge Center for Leadership and Community Development. In addition, he is a member of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce's Advocacy Committee. He has been a volunteer mentor for tnAchieves, the nonprofit that coordinates mentors for Tennessee Promise students, since 2008.
He succeeds Melinda Hillman, who retired Jan. 31 after a long and distinguished career with Roane State.
Dr. Driskill has a bachelor's degree in English and history from Clemson University, a master's in communication from Austin Peay State University and a doctorate in education from East Tennessee State University. His dissertation research focused on the cultural influences of Tennessee's performance funding model.
Dr. Driskill, wife Jenny, and children Addie and Thomas live in Oak Ridge.
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