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King University News :: Knox County Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Dean Rice to speak at King University on Feb. 26

Current Chief of Staff to Tim Burchett, Mayor of Knox County, Dean Rice will be the next speaker in King University’s History and Political Science Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) project, Communicating in the History and Political Science Workplace.” The event will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. in White Hall room 11 at King University in Bristol, Tenn.

Rice is a native of Knoxville and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in speech communications. In his role as chief of staff, Rice works closely with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, assisting with city wide issues.

“The King University Department of History and Political Science is delighted to welcome Dean Rice to campus. Our QEP project helps King students sharpen communication skills for the workplace,” said Dr. Martin Dotterweich, associate professor of History for King. 

Rice has received numerous honors including the 2006 Statesman of the Year award by the Tennessee Republican Party, Phi Eta Sigma’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and the James I. Brown Award for Research Experience, International Listening Association.

Prior to becoming chief of staff, Rice was vice president for Pratt, Pratt, Rice, Inc. The firm specializes in government and community relations for business development with federal, state, and local governments. Rice has almost 20 years of experience in governmental and political sectors in Tennessee, Washington D.C., and South Carolina, including working for Senator Fred Thompson and Representative John Duncan, Jr.

“Dean’s rich experience in political communications will give students practical and proven wisdom. We also are looking forward to interacting with Dean about careers in politics,” Dotterweich added.

In addition to being active in politics and government, Rice is also an avid photographer and has had photo displays of his journeys.

Tickets for the event are not required; the event is open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Martin Dotterweich at 423.652.4835 or


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