College of Media and Entertainment Board of Professional Advisors

HudlerCarol Hudler
Special Assistant to the President
Gannett Co. Inc.
U.S. Community Publishing
Nashville, TN

 Carol Hudler was named special assistant to the president for the U.S. Community Publishing division of Gannett Co. Inc. in May 2013. In this role, she develops revenue and audience initiatives for Gannett-owned media groups in more than 80 markets across the nation. She is based in Nashville.

Hudler was president and publisher of The Tennessean from December 2009 to May 2013, after serving nearly 10 years as publisher of The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla. She is a former president of Gannett's South Newspaper Group and oversaw 13 Gannett-owned media operations in six Southeastern states, including the Tennessean Media Group.

Carol has worked in a variety of advertising, marketing and general management positions in several different states, including the Kansas City Star; the Orange County Register; the Long Beach Press-Telegram; The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, and the Macon Telegraph. She served on the board of the Newspaper Association of America and chaired its Audit Bureau of Circulation liaison committee.

A native Kansan, she graduated in 1977 with a degree in Journalism Science from the University of Kansas and was a 1999 graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.

Carol believes in the power of community and has served in leadership roles for several organizations in the communities that she has called home. She has served as a board member of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce; trustee for the United Way of Middle Tennessee; and board member of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. In Southwest Florida, Carol chaired the Horizon Foundation, the non-profit arm of Lee County, Florida's economic development office and was named a 2009 Laureate in the Junior Achievement Business Leadership Hall of Fame.

Her husband, Ad Hudler, is a novelist and their daughter Haley is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio.


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