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Debbie Hiott

Debbie Hiott

General Manager, KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9

KUT 90.5 is Austin’s NPR station, and KUTX 98.9 is the Austin Music Experience.

Together, the stations reach an audience of more than 700,000 each month and give voice to the stories and sounds that make Austin special. She is also the executive director of media operations at the University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication.

 Before going into public media, Debbie spent 28 years as a journalist at the Austin American-Statesman, starting as a reporting intern while she attended Southwest Texas State University and spending her last seven years as the paper’s top editor. Debbie is a two-time jurist for the Pulitzer Prize, and she currently serves on the boards of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and Headliners Foundation, as well as the advisory council for the Texas State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

L. Lincoln Johnson

L. Lincoln Johnson

Associate Vice President, Student Life, University of Washington

Since completing his undergraduate and graduate studies at Baylor University in Waco Texas, Lincoln has worked for four universities in four different states. His life’s work has been in service to students and improving the higher education experience for all.

This year Lincoln received two national awards: AVP Student Affairs Professional Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Butts-Whiting Award from ACUI, formerly known as the Association of College Unions International.

Lincoln has been with UW more than 20 years, and in his current role since 2010.

Kristen Partridge

Kristen Partridge

Associate Vice President and Associate Dean of Students at the University of Oklahoma

Kristen loves to be part of the “AHA!” moments in life — especially the ones she gets to experience when working with college students. She’s been in her current role since 2016.

Kristen received her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1999 and her Master of Human Relations and Organizational Leadership degree in 2008, both from OU. She began her career in student activities at the University of Central Oklahoma and later returned to OU to serve in a variety of roles including Union Programming Coordinator, Campus Activities Council Advisor, and the Director of Student Life.

In 2012, Kristen was honored with the Sullivant Prize for Perceptivity, given by the Inasmuch Foundation and established by Edith Kinney Gaylord. Kristen’s focus is promoting leadership development and enhancing self-awareness in every person she meets. She speaks to thousands of students every year about becoming “You 2.0,” healthier, happier versions of themselves.