George R. West, Jr.

Chair of Excellence in Communication and Public Affairs.

Funded by the Westend Foundation in 1986 in honor of its founder, George R. West, Jr., this chair of excellence is designed to assist UTC in educating students for responsible and effective communications in the realm of public affairs. Students pursuing careers in business, education, communications, political science, and other disciplines benefit from this chair which emphasizes critical analysis and presenting, particularly by the written word, the issues of public affairs in a truthful, effective and responsible fashion.

Podcast Interview with David Sachsman, "Uncovering the Press During the Civil War," January 2018.
C-SPAN Interview with David Sachsman on Sensationalism, December 17, 2013.

Holder of the West Chair
David B. Sachsman holds the West Chair of Excellence. 
Symposium on the 19th Century Press, The Civil War, And Free Expression
The West Chair hosts the annual symposium. 


Office and Staff of the West Chair
The West Chair is located in UTC's Frist Hall. 
Environmental Communication Research
Academic Books & Articles written by the West Chair.