About the program
Board of Advisors
Cappy McGarr (BA 1973, BJ 1975 MBA 1977), Managing Partner, US Renewable Energy Group
Dr. Steven Ungerleider (BA 1970), psychologist, United States Olympic Committee
Dr. Isabella Cunningham, chair of Department of Advertising and Public Relations, UT-Austin
Tracy Dahlby, Frank A. Bennack Chair in Journalism, UT-Austin
Josh Davis (BS 1990), entrepreneur and winner of 10 Olympic medals in swimming
Kiki De Ayala (BS 1987), President, De Ayala Properties, LLC and former UT football standout
Suzanne Halliburton (BJ 1983), sports reporter, Austin American-Statesman
Mark Pannes (BS 1991), Director, Raptor Accelerator and Outstanding Alumnus of the College
Fran Harris (BS 1990), owner, Fran Harris TV and a UT basketball standout
Brian Jones (BS 1991), College football analyst at CBS College Sports Network and former UT football standout
Bryan Perez (BS 1991), President of Digital, Ticketing and Media, AEG
Casey Coffman (JD 1994), Senior Director of Business Affairs, Augusta National Golf Club
Ted Shaker, former executive producer, CBS Sports
Jim Krause (BA 1974), owner, Krause Advertising
Talmage Boston (JD 1976), partner, Winstead, PC and baseball historian
Ed Cunningham (BBA, 1990), managing partner, US Renewable Energy Group
Jim Ritts (BS 1976), executive director, AustinTheater.org and former commissioner of Ladies Professional Golf Association
DeLoss Dodds, Athletics Director, UT-Austin
Chris Plonsky, Athletics Director, UT-Austin
The College of Communication
The Texas Program in Sports and Media is part of U.T.'s College of Communication, the largest and most comprehensive entity in the field and one of the highest ranked as well.
In an age requiring information literacy and polished interaction skills, the College has nationally ranked programs in the programs that TPSM touches (Advertising and Public Relations, Communication Studies, Journalism, and Radio-TV-Film) while also providing communication, critical thinking, and writing skills to other disciplines across campus. TPSM collaborates within and across the disciplinary boundaries of the College to support curriculum, research and programming on issues of sport and society as they may be reflected in any given instance.
The College's graduates have spanned the globe and include U.S. ambassadors, corporate CEOs, media entrepreneurs, state and federal legislators, nineteen Pulitzer Prize winners, researchers, filmmakers, actors, and one First Lady of the United States.
The Belo Center for New Media
The Texas Program in Sports and Media is pround to be housed in the Belo Center for New Media, which was formally dedicated to UT Ausitn in November 2012.
In its basic design and structure, the Belo Center crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries and to create new forms of communication and collaboration. It combines cutting-edge technology, trans-disciplinary programs, and international perspectives. It wenables students to combine traditional methods with progressive media to shape ideas that will change the face of communication throughout the world.
\The Belo Center is situated at a major intersection that serves as a gateway to the northwestern side of The University. Such a location means that the building will be highly visible to University personnel as well as to the people of Austin.
Michael J. Cramer
Michael Cramer is the executive director of TPSM. A former president of the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Stars and, more recently, a professor in sports management at New York University, Cramer is the founding director of the College of Communication initiative.
Cramer is responsible for start-up leadership, fundraising and programming for the program, which includes overseeing development of the Richard Pound Archive of International Sport and organizing the annual McGarr Symposium on Sport and Society. He also will teach part-time in the area of sports and media in the college.
Cramer earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School and his bachelor's degree from the State University of New York.