Board of Visitors

As a Communications graduate from the class of 1979, I am incredibly honored to serve as the current Chair of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication Board of Visitors. My TCU degree helped open the doors to a long career in media, focusing on radio at both the market and corporate levels. I’ve always believed it is incumbent on all of us to give back in any way possible, whether it be with time, talent or service. What a privilege it is to be able to work side-by-side with Dean Bunton, as well as others on the Board, professors and students.

My connection to TCU has entered a new generation: my nephew, Will, is a sophomore working on a business degree and my niece, Caroline, is a junior Strategic Communication major within the Schieffer College. I couldn’t be prouder of their choice – and knowing the high caliber of education that awaits them has only deepened my love of all things purple.

Add to all of this I worked for CBS for over a decade! I’ve always been a huge fan of Bob Schieffer and was thrilled when his name was added to the College of Communication, taking our well-respected program and catapulting it into national acclaim. The possibilities for our students are unlimited; I’m excited to see where we go from here!

— Valerie K. Blackburn ’79
Chair, Schieffer College Board of Visitors


Joel Anderson ’00
Senior Writer
Palo Alto, CA
Valerie K. Blackburn ’79
Project Manager
Denver, CO
Corrie Brock ’06
Director of Marketing
ATW (Bain Capital Portfolio Company)
McKinney, TX
Earl Cox
Chairman of the Board
Fort Worth, TX
Roy Eaton ’59
Former Chairman
BSCOC’s Board of Visitors
Wise County Messenger
Decatur, TX
Kris Gutierrez ’99
News Anchor
NBC 5, NBC Universal
Fort Worth, TX

Marc Istook ’98 
Host of NFL Fantasy Live and
NFL Gameday Live
NFL Network
Encino, CA

Elizabeth Jenswold ’89
Head of HR for the Chief Administrative Office
in the Commercial Bank
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Fort Worth, TX
Nick Karanges ’81 ’83
Sr. VP of Real Estate Services
Innovative Developers, Inc. (IDI)
Mansfield, TX
Troy Moncrief ’94
The Baker Firm – Fidelity National Title
Fort Worth, TX
Jean Palmer ’96
Sr. Mgr. of Remote Operations
SportsNet New York
New York, NY
Amber Roberts ’97 & ’03
Dallas, TX
Paige Hendricks Russey ’71
Paige Hendricks Public Relations, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX
Stefanie Sanford ’88
Chief of Global Policy & External Relations
The College Board
Washington, D.C.
H. Andrew Schwartz
Sr. VP for External Affairs
Center for Strategic and
International Studies (CSIS)
Bethesda, MD
L. Michelle Smith ’93 & ’95
Director of Public Relations
Cedar Hill, TX
Stephen Tatum
Cantey Hanger LLP
Fort Worth, TX
Brad Wall ’95
Sr. VP of Broadcast Operations
Disney ABC Television Group
Burbank, CA
J. Michael Winter
The Bowie News
Colleyville, TX