Leadership Team

Dr. Jerald Ogg

Jerald Ogg, who will be serving as director of his 21st Tennessee GSH in 2022, is a professor in the Department of Communications at UT 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/vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ogg holds a Ph.D. in journalism from Southern Illinois University and a law degree (J.D.) from UT Knoxville. He taught journalism and law courses for GSH 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, media history, feature and editorial writing, public relations, public speaking and advertising at UT Martin. A recipient of the UT Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, he is also a graduate of the UT Leadership Institute, for which he now serves as a faculty facilitator. He is a past president of the UT Martin Faculty Senate and a graduate of WestStar, West Tennessee’s premier leadership development program.


A native of Springfield, Mo., Dr. Ogg retired from the Air Force Reserve at the rank of colonel. He is married to the former Jane Nichols of Dyersburg, Tennessee, and they have two daughters, Jennifer and Jana. They are also the proud grandparents of Boone and Maxwell.

Mr. Steve Vantrease

Steve Vantrease, who serves as assistant director of GSH, is also the director of the Ned Ray McWherter Institute. He has worked with GSH since 1990 and retired from his full-time UT Martin duties after 34 years in student services.


The holder of a B.S. in business administration and M.S. in education administration from UT Martin, Mr. Vantrease serves as chair of the Weakley County School Board and sits on the boards of directors of various local and regional community service organizations. He is a graduate of the WestStar Leadership program and the UT Leadership Institute.  Mr. Vantrease holds memberships in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Order of Omega, and The National Society of Leadership and Success.


Mr. Vantrease is married with two daughters, a son-in-law, two grandchildren, and an elderly shih-tzu/maltese mix girl.

Lacey Ellis

Lacey Ellis is the administrative assistant for both GSH and UT Martin’s Honors Programs. She became the newest member of the GSH leadership team in April 2012.


An alumna of UT Martin, Lacey graduated from the College of Education, Health, and Behavioral Sciences in 2011 with a B.S. in middle school education. She and her husband, Travis, who is the student pastor at their church, find joy in ministering to others and spending time with their three children: Ettalee, 6; Emberson, 4; and Easton, 2.


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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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