Vice President and Spokesman
Middle Tennessee State University
Andrew Oppmann is MTSU's Vice President for Marketing and Communications and the University's chief spokesman. He joined MTSU in 2010 as associate vice president and led a strategic restructuring of the University's marketing and communications operations, including the creation of MTSUNews.com and the relaunch of MTSU Magazine. He became vice president in 2013.
Oppmann also teaches Media Writing as an adjunct professor of journalism in MTSU's College of Mass Communication and, in that role, serves as editor of APME News, the quarterly magazine of the Associated Press Media Editors.
Oppmann spent more than 25 years as a reporter, editor or executive for newspapers in seven states. He was president and publisher of Gannett Tennessee's media groups in Murfreesboro (The Daily News Journal) and Clarksville (The Leaf-Chronicle) and was a vice president for The Tennessean in Nashville. A 1985 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Oppmann was a reporter for The Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif.; the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader and The Knoxville News-Sentinel. He worked as an editor at the Herald-Leader, The Houston Post, The Cincinnati Enquirer, the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser and The Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wis., where he also served as the newspaper's general manager.
Oppmann was honored as best columnist in 2004 by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and Gannett's national journalism competition. He was named one of Gannett's top 15 newsroom supervisors (1995 and 2000); 10 top executive editors in 2005; and top three publishers in 2008. He serves on the advisory boards for MTSU's College of Mass Communication and UK's journalism alumni association. In 2013, Oppmann was among the inaugural class of honorees in the Nashville Business Journal's annual Chief Marketing Officer Awards.
He lives in Murfreesboro with his wife, Elise, and their three daughters.