Vice President and Adjunct Professor
By appointment. Call Mary Purdom at 615-494-7800 to schedule.
Departments / Programs
Areas of Expertise
Journalism, Marketing, Strategic Communications, Television Production
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 its marketing and communications operations, including the relaunch of MTSUNews.com and MTSU Magazine and creation a digital and social media strategy for the institution. He became vice president in 20...Read More »
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 its marketing and communications operations, including the relaunch of MTSUNews.com and MTSU Magazine and creation a digital and social media strategy for the institution. He became vice president in 2013 and now also serves as executive director of MTSU's True Blue TV and host of "Out of the Blue," the university's monthly public affairs TV program that airs in 17 states.
Oppmann also teaches Media Writing as an adjunct professor of journalism in MTSU's College of Media and Entertainment. As an adjunct professor, he served as editor of APME News, the quarterly magazine of the Associated Press Media Editors association; was named an APME Regent in 2015; and awarded APME Lifetime Membership status in 2017.
Oppmann spent more than 25 years as a reporter, editor or executive for newspapers in seven states. Before joining MTSU, he was president and publisher of Gannett Tennessee’s media groups in Murfreesboro (The Daily News Journal) and Clarksville (The Leaf-Chronicle) and a vice president for The Tennessean in Nashville. Oppmann was a reporter for The Orange County Register in Santa Ana, California; the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader; and The Knoxville (Tennessee) News-Sentinel. He worked as an editor at the Herald-Leader; The Houston (Texas) Post; The Cincinnati (Ohio) Enquirer; the Montgomery (Alabama) Advertiser; and The Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he also served as general manager, and was senior group editor for six Gannett Wisconsin newspapers.
He holds a master’s degree in strategic leadership from MTSU and a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky. He was honored as one of Gannett's top 15 newsroom supervisors in 1995 and 2000; one of its 10 top executive editors in 2005; and one of its top three publishers in 2008. He was among the inaugural class of honorees in the Nashville Business Journal's Chief Marketing Officer Awards in 2013 and was again recognized by NBJ in 2014. He has received seven Telly Awards for his work with True Blue TV and MTSU's television ventures.
He lives in Murfreesboro with his wife, Elise. They have three daughters (two with MTSU ties: Emily, Class of 2021, and Sarah, Class of 2023). His community involvement includes service as a lieutenant colonel in Civil Air Patrol, the volunteer civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force (2014-present); Army Reserve Ambassador (2019-present); chairman of the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties (2011); and a volunteer leader for Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America (2008-10; 2019-present).