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Kent Landers, Duane Campbell and Reginald Hill to be honored during UT Martin Homecoming, Oct. 10


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MARTIN, Tenn. – Kent Landers, of The Cola-Cola Company; Duane Campbell, formerly of Microsoft; and Reginald Hill, of LifePoint Health, will be honored during the University of Tennessee at Martin’s homecoming football game Oct. 10 against Tennessee State University. The game will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Hardy M. Graham Stadium and award-winners will be recognized during the halftime show.

Dr. Bob Smith, UT Martin interim chancellor, will present the awards during the Chancellor’s Brunch and Awards Program in the Paul Meek Library, slated to begin at 9 a.m., Oct. 10. The individual awards are as follows:

• Kent Landers, Outstanding Young Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the recipient’s chosen profession (recipient must not be more than 40 years of age);
• Duane Campbell, Outstanding Alumni Award, which recognizes an alum for outstanding achievement in his/her chosen profession;
• Reginald Hill, Chancellor’s Award for University Service, which recognizes exemplary service to the university.

Landers serves as group director of corporate media relations for The Coca-Cola Company at its corporate headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. He has been responsible for overseeing global media relations since 2011 and completed a one-year international assignment as vice president of public affairs and communications for the company’s Japan business unit in December 2014.

Before starting his career with Coca-Cola, Landers served as director of external communications for Delta Air Lines at its world headquarters, also in Atlanta, Ga. During his 12-year tenure, Landers served on the core communications team that defeated a hostile takeover attempt of Delta in 2006, managed communications for Delta’s chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in 2005, led communications during the airline’s successful re-emergence from bankruptcy and relisting on the New York Stock Exchange in 2007, and set communications strategy during the company’s merger with Northwest Airlines in 2008.

Landers is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and has served on the board of directors of the PRSA-Georgia chapter and the national PRSA Foundation. He served as national president of the Public Relations Student Society of America during his time at UT Martin and has since served as a national co-chair for the Champions for PRSSA. He was also named among Georgia Trend magazine’s “Top 40 under 40” in 2008.

Campbell worked with Microsoft Corporation from 1985-2013 as a software development engineer, engineering lead, technical lead, development manager and director of development. He spent a majority of his tenure helping to develop the Microsoft Word and Excel programs.

The Saulsbury native graduated from UT Martin in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in music, with emphasis in piano. He then received a Master of Arts degree in mathematics with a concentration in computer science from Memphis State University in 1983. Campbell and his wife, Anita Sasser Campbell (UT Martin, 1981), have two children and a grandson. They currently live in the Seattle, Wash., area.

Hill has been named chief compliance officer by LifePoint Health. He leads the company’s ethics and compliance department, overseeing compliance initiatives for LifePoint and its nearly 60 hospitals.

Before joining the LifePoint staff, Hill spent more than 30 years working with Waller, Lansden, Dortch and Davis attorneys in Nashville, where he was a partner and former co-chair, as well as head of the firm’s health-care industry group. He has served as senior counsel to a number of publicly traded health-care companies, has helped take other companies to the public markets or sell to private-equity firms, and has advised boards on corporate governance matters such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

UT Martin’s 2015 homecoming festivities will center on the 20th birthday of the Skyhawk mascot, introduced in 1995 during a football game against Bethel University.

For more information about the alumni awards or UT Martin homecoming, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 731-881-7610 or by email at



(l-r) Duane Campbell, Reginald Hill and Kent Landers will be honored as 2015 alumni award recipients during the University of Tennessee at Martin’s homecoming football game Oct. 10 against Tennessee State University.

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