Leadership Team

Dr. Jerald Ogg

Jerald Ogg, who will be serving as director of his 17th Tennessee Governor's School for the Humanities in 2018, is a professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Tennessee at Martin. A former chair of the UT Martin Department of Communications, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, interim vice chancellor for Student Affairs and provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ogg holds a Ph.D. in journalism from Southern Illinois University and a law degree (J.D.) from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He joined the UT Martin faculty in 1987 and taught journalism and law courses for Governor's School from 1991-2000.


Prior to joining the faculty at UT Martin, Dr. Ogg served as a judge advocate ("JAG") in the U.S. Air Force and practiced law in Baton Rouge, La. Dr. Ogg has taught communications law, ethics, news writing, feature and editorial writing, public relations, public speaking and advertising at UT Martin. A recipient of The University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, he is also a graduate of The University of Tennessee Leadership Institute, for which he now serves on the faculty. He was elected UT Martin Faculty Senate president for 1998-1999 and is also a 2010 graduate of WestStar, West Tennessee’s premier leadership development program.


A native of Springfield, Mo., Dr. Ogg retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2009 at the rank of Colonel. He is married to the former Jane Nichols of Dyersburg, Tenn., and they have two daughters: Dr. Jennifer Ogg Anderson and Jana Ogg. They are also the proud grandparents of Boone, 6, and Maxwell, 2.


Mr. Steve Vantrease

Steve Vantrease, who serves as assistant director of the Governor's School for the Humanities, is also the Director of The Ned Ray McWherter Institute. Having retired from UT Martin after 34 years in student services, Vantrease has worked with GSH since 1990.


The holder of a B.S. in business administration and M.S. in education administration from UT Martin, Mr. Vantrease serves as vice chair of the Weakley County School Board and on the boards of directors of various local and regional community service organizations. He is a graduate of the WestStar Leadership program and The University of Tennessee Leadership Institute.


Lacey Ellis

Lacey Ellis is the administrative assistant for the Governor’s School for the Humanities and Honors Programs at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She became the newest member of the leadership team in April 2012. An alumna of UTM, Lacey graduated from the College of Education, Health, and Behavioral Sciences in 2011 with a B.S. in Middle School Education. Lacey and her husband, Travis, enjoy serving in the youth department at their church and spending time with their three children, Ettalee, 4, Emberson, 2, and Easton, born in November 2017.


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General Information

The Governor's School for the Humanities is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Education.

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