Commissioners and Staff

Hank Dye

Term: 2015-2020, Congressional District 2

Hank Dye was appointed to a five-year term at the Commission by Governor Bill Halsam in 2015, representing District 2.

Hank retired from the University of Tennessee in July, 2012. He joined the University April 1, 2005 as Vice President for Public and Government Relations, following a 40-year public relations career in Nashville. His UT involvements include being a past member of the Athletics Board, the Development Council, the National Alumni Board of Governors, the Public Affairs Committee and the College of Communications Board of Visitors.

In 1980, he was one of three founding partners who started the Nashville public relations agency Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence. The agency became one of the 10 largest public relations agencies in the Southeast. He did communications work for brands including Jack Daniel’s, Martha White, Johnston & Murphy, Genesco, Inc., The Grand Ole Opry, Nestle Water, The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Economic and Community Development for the State of Tennessee, Saturn Corporation and numerous political campaigns.

He is past Chairman of the Nashville Sports Council and has previously served on the executive committee of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Board, the board of the Music City Bowl, the Advisory Board of Nashville YWCA, the board of Leadership Nashville Alumni and the executive committee of the board of Nashville Alliance for Public Education. He served as an elder at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville. He is a Nashville Advertising Federation Silver Medalist. Hank currently serves as a member of the board for the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.

A native of Portland, Tennessee and a 1963 journalism graduate of UT, Hank now resides in Townsend. He is married to the former Margaret Strom and has two adult sons—Clay and Andrew—and six grandchildren.