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MTEMC administrator receives master's degree


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut


MARTIN, Tenn. – Mandy Pinion, of Eagleville, graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin on Dec. 16 as one of the first students to receive the university’s new master’s degree in strategic communication. Pinion is the energy programs coordinator for the Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, which provides electricity for more than 220,000 meters in the Middle Tennessee area.

One of her goals as energy programs coordinator is to create new programs to help Middle Tennessee residents understand the benefits of renewable energy sources – particularly solar energy.

“I oversee 160 residential, commercial and industrial members (of the corporation) who have solar generation at their homes or places of business. I manage our Cooperative Solar Project, which is a community solar site where MTEMC generates solar power that is put back on the electric lines to help provide electricity to our members’ homes. I also research and implement new demand-response programs that assist the electric members with ways to save on their electric usage,” she said.

The UT Martin Master of Arts in strategic communication is designed for communications professionals and will allow Pinion to gain an advantage when it comes to career advancement. Each member of her cohort was required to complete a capstone research project. Pinion studied how the quality of a member’s relationship with his electric cooperative influences his engagement in programs offered by the cooperative and compared member satisfaction ratings at MTEMC to member engagement to determine how best to market future member programs.

Pinion believes her 14 years of work experience with MTEMC better prepared her for the challenge of obtaining her master’s degree and advises other students to work before returning to school.

“Get out into the workforce and find what you love to do. Find your passion. Then, pursue your master’s (degree) in something you feel invested in. You will enjoy your studying and research so much more,” she said.

For more information on the UT Martin Master of Arts in strategic communication, contact Dr. Tracey Rutledge, graduate coordinator with the UT Martin Department of Communications, at 731-881-7554 or email


PHOTO ID: Mandy Pinion, of Eagleville, graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin on Dec. 16.

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