The partnership of a leading academic institution with a world-class marketing agency yields unbridled opportunity.

Housed in the College of Communication and Information, the Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations makes history as the first named school at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the first named school of advertising and public relations in the SEC and among all land-grant institutions in the country. The School honors the legacies of Charles Tombras, Sr. and Charles Tombras, Jr. and the indelible imprint the Tombras agency has made on the industry.

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“We plan to make a real impact in the lives of students whose untapped potential could very well change the status quo.”
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Strategic Initiatives
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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Tombras School will help improve the industry’s representation by increasing high school students’ awareness of careers in advertising and public relations and support them throughout their education.

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Creating the Nation’s Top School of Advertising and Public Relations

The fields of advertising and public relations are changing rapidly. Access to top leaders, scholars, professionals, data, and analytics will place UT alums on the cutting edge of industry standards.

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Combining data and creativity for a more equitable future

Tombras is an agency that connects data and creativity for business results. Now they’re applying their client philosophy to create a more diverse talent pipeline through enhanced curricula.