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The School of Communication Visiting Committee consists of a group of communication professionals, alumni, and UM trustees who meet annually to review and advise the School's leadership regarding its strategic goals and program accomplishments.In particular the committee is dedicated to:

  • To provide the Dean with on-going input and feedback on the strategic plan.
  • To help the Dean and the School obtain the necessary resources for the success of its strategic plan.
  • To provide the Board of Trustees and the Academic Affairs Committee with regular updates in the progress of the School.

Current Visiting Committee Members


  • Linda Alexander - Former EVP Communications for Viacom International Media Networks and currently a Communications Consultant
  • Joaquin Blaya - President and CEO of Blayamedia, Board of Trustees member and parent of Alumnae
  • M. Anthony Burns - Chairman Emeritus Ryder System, Inc. and UM Board of Trustee member
  • David Clarke - CEO and Co-Founder of BGT Partners
  • Robert Denholtz - President, CEO and Director of DureX, Inc., Alumnus and parent of alumna
  • David Epstein - Managing Director, Presidential Capital Partners, LLLP, Board of Trustees member and parent of student
  • Isadore "Izzy" Havenick - Vice President of family owned Magic City Casino in Miami and Alumnus
  • Arthur Hertz - Chairman & CEO of Wometco Enterprises, Inc., UM Board of Trustees member and Alumnus
  • David Isaacs - Writer: "M*A*S*H," "Cheers," "Frasier" and Alumnus
  • Bob Kneeley - Vice President Investor Relations, Greenway Medical Technologies and Alumnus
  • William Koenigsberg - President, CEO and Founder of Horizon Media, Inc., UM Board of Trustee Member, Alumnus and parent of a student
  • Robert Mann, Chair - President of R.A. Mann Florida, Inc., UM Board of Trustee member and Alumnus
  • Craig Minassian - President and CEO of Minassian Media, Inc. and Alumnus
  • Javier Morgado - Senior Broadcast producer at CNN and Alumnus
  • Jackie Nespral, Vice Chair - News Anchor for WTVJ - Channel 6, Board of Trustees member and Alumna
  • William O'Dowd - President and Founder of Dolphin Entertainment
  • Anne Parducci - Executive Vice President, Family and Home Entertainment Marketing at Lions Gate Entertainment
  • John Pike - Former President of Paramount and MGM Television and Alumnus
  • Rick Ray - CEO of NURAY Holdings, former owner of RAYCOM Sports and parent of Alumnus
  • Steve Roberts - President and COO Roberts Companies and parent of alumnus
  • Michael Robin - Executive Producer and Director: "Dallas", "Nip/Tuck," "The Closer," "State of Mind" and Alumnus
  • Cymonie Rowe Hinkel - Senior Trial Attorney, Liberty Mutual Group and Alumna
  • Marvin Shanken - Founder and Chairman of Shanken Communications, Inc. and Alumnus
  • Roni Scherman Stein - Sports Producer, Associate Director, Formerly with WCBS-TV and "The NFL Today," Alumna and parent of alumni
  • Maria Shojaee - Alumna and parent of alumnae
  • Robert A. Staub - President of Staub, Warmbold & Associates, Inc., Alumnus and parent of Alumna
  • Jeff Steinhour - President of Crispin Porter + Bogusky
  • Haresh Tharani - Chairman, Tharanco Group and parent of student
  • Patricia Toppel - President and Director of the Toppel Family Foundation, UM Board of Trustee member and Alumna
  • Nick Verbitsky - President and CEO, United Stations Radio Networks and parent of Alumna
  • Frankie Wolfson - President of Marine R. Corp. and UM Board of Trustee member
  • Jeri L. Wolfson