Beverly Keel

Title: Department Chair, Professor
Company: Middle Tennessee State University
Location: Franklin, Tennessee, United States

Beverly Keel, Department Chair and Professor at Middle Tennessee State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the media and recording industry.

In preparation for her career, Ms. Keel attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in mass communication in 1988. She continued her academic pursuits at Columbia University, earning a Master of Science in journalism in 1989, and began her long career as a journalist for numerous media companies, which she continues to this day. In 1995, Ms. Keel accepted a position as a professor and the chair of the department of recording industry at her alma mater, Middle Tennessee State University, which she has held for more than 20 years. In addition to her pursuits as an educator, from 2010 to 2012 she served as an artist and the senior vice president of media relations at the Universal Music Group in Nashville, Tennessee. Following this tenure, Ms. Keel began serving as a music industry consultant for various projects and musicians, and in 2014, she co-founded Change the Conversation with Tracy Gershon and Leslie Fram in Nashville, Tennessee, a coalition which is designed to fight gender inequality in country music and radio representation.

In recognition of her stature and success, Forbes Magazine named Ms. Keel one of the “40 Women to Watch Over 40,” and she has received numerous awards for her prolific work as a music journalist and pop culture commentator, including being inducted into the Source Hall of Fame for female music leaders in August 2019. In her work for Universal Music Group, she was responsible for the media campaigns of multiple esteemed artists, including Lionel Richie, Vice Gill, Sugarland, Shania Twain and George Strait, among many others. She serves as a publicist for Jamey Johnson and has hosted album launch events for both Don Henley and Barry Gibb, among many more artists. As a member of the Country Music Association and a past president of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US, Ms. Keel has established herself as a leader in the field, and in the coming years, she hopes to continue improving the world and making the industry a better place for future generations of women.

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