Chris Carroll is the Director of Student Media for Vanderbilt Student Communications, Inc., where since 1996 he has served as the corporation’s chief operational officer responsible for strategic planning, fiscal, legal and logistical operations, professional staff supervisor, and principal journalism educator and adviser. Carroll served previously as director of student media at the University of South Carolina, Tulane University, and on the journalism faculty at Arkansas Tech University. He also worked as a reporter and photojournalist at a daily newspaper in Fayetteville, Ark. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism.
For more than 30 years Carroll has been active nationally in college media and journalism education.
He is the former executive director of College Media Association, past president of College Media Advisers, past president of the Southeast Journalism Conference, a former member of the Student Press Law Center Board of Directors, founder of the Middle Tennessee Scholastic Press Association, a co-founder of the Center for Innovation in College Media, founder of the College Media Institute, and a frequent presenter, judge and consultant for media associations and schools.
He has received three national CMA advising awards (newspaper, broadcast and multimedia); the Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc. Distinguished Service Award; the Gold Key from Columbia Scholastic Press Association; the Student Press Law Center Distinguished Service Award; and in 2009 he was inducted as the 27th member of the national College Media Advisers Hall of Fame.
Breaux has served as Assistant Director of Student Media since January 1998. Prior to working with Vanderbilt Student Media, Breaux served as Director of Student Media and Publications at Tulane University and Art Director for Student Media at The University of South Carolina. He received a Master of Media Arts from The University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science (Advertising Design) from Northwestern State University (LA). He also owns a higher education publishing company and publishes books for several colleges & universities. He continues to work as a freelance graphic designer and served as the art director for the Grammy-winning musical group Hootie and the Blowfish (1994-96).
Breaux has served as Editor/Designer of College Media Advisers’ Best of Collegiate Design (1998-2000), Art Director for College Media Review (1999-2000), Vice President of Southern University Newspapers (2000-01), Designer of The Journal of College Orientation and Transition for the National Orientation Directors Association (1998-2018) and the College Media Association’s New York Spring Convention Publicity/Services Coordinator (2002-05 and 2012-15).
Breaux has received the following collegiate media advising honors from College Media Association (CMA): CMA Presidential Citation 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003; CMA Board of Director’s Citation 2000, 2002, 2004, 2015; CMA Distinguished Four-year Business Adviser 2001; CMA Ronald E. Spielberger Service to CMA Award 2004 (first recipient of award). He was inducted as the 41st member of the College Media Association Hall of Fame in October 2020.
Jim Hayes is the Electronic Media Adviser, where he advises WRVU radio, Vanderbilt Video Productions, VandyRadio, Vanderbilt Recording Studio, and MyCommons Life. He also serves as multimedia & video production adviser to VanderbiltHustler.com, assists student media groups with development and maintenance of their websites, and also maintains all student media group computers and studios. Before arriving at Vanderbilt in 2004 he was Coordinator of Student Media at Washington University in St. Louis for 3 years.
Jim is active in many professional organizations including College Broadcasters, Inc. (Vice Chairman of the Board 2005-2007), Broadcast Educators Association, National Association of Broadcasters, Center for Innovation in College Media (Broadcast Fellow), and College Media Association (Broadcast Committee Chairperson 2005-2007 and Technology & Broadcast Director 2011-2016). He received a CMA Presidential citation for service in 2006 and 2007 and a CMA Board of Directors citation for service in 2014 and 2016.. Jim received his undergraduate degree in mass communications/radio & television production at Southeast Missouri State University and performed his graduate work in media studies at Middle Tennessee State University.
Prior to entering higher education he was employed in the field of professional broadcasting for over 12 years. Among his professional experiences are 9 years spent at the national cable network Country Music Television. Jim has also served as a digital media specialist for Charter Communications and as a talk radio host for Emmis Communications.
Matt Clarke works as a studio technician for Vanderbilt Student Media, offering technical support for the Vanderbilt Recording Studio, VSC podcasting studios, and audio engineering for the VandyVox podcast, and the Vanderbilt Hustler. He graduated from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami with a degree in Media Writing and Production. In addition to his role at Vanderbilt, Matt works as a freelance songwriter, producer, and engineer. His work with independent singer-songwriters Calvin Hinds and Almost June can be heard on all streaming platforms. He is also an accomplished woodwind doubler (saxophone, clarinet). In addition to music, Matt is interested in podcasting.