Beverly Keel is a professor and chair of MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry and an award-winning music journalist whose work has appeared in People, Parade, The Tennessean, and many other publications. In 2014, she joined forces with Tracy Gershon and Leslie Fram to create Change the Conversation, which has become an influential movement in the area of gender equality in country music. Forbes recently included Keel on its national list of “40 Women to Watch Over 40,” a group of innovative women recognized for disrupting industry and society. She returned to MTSU in 2013 after a leave of absence to serve as senior vice president of artist and media relations for Universal Music Group Nashville, where she was responsible for the media campaigns of projects, including Lionel Richie, Vince Gill, Sugarland, Shania Twain, George Strait and many more. A former music industry columnist for the Nashville Scene and Nashville Banner newspapers, her journalism has received awards from the Associated Press and the Association of American Newsweeklies. She received the Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism for her work as a columnist at The Tennessean. A graduate of Leadership Music, Leadership Middle Tennessee and Leadership Nashville, she is on the boards of the Recording Academy, the Women’s Fund and I’ll Fly Away Foundation. Keel has been honored with the Nashville Music Business Women in Music City award for the past five consecutive years and was recently inducted into its Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the Metro Nashville Public Schools Hall of Fame in 2015 and one of the YWCA’s 2016 Academy for Women of Achievement honorees. She was included in 2016’s annual Music City Impact Report by Variety Magazine, which profiles the top artists and executives in Nashville entertainment today. A Nashville native, she earned her bachelor’s degree from MTSU and her master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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