President, Chip Hall

Carson Newman University

74Chip’s main interests in the communication discipline fall into the speech and rhetoric category. Besides teaching classes in the speech discipline, Chip coaches the school’s nationally competitive forensics team. Traveling around the country with some of the school’s most gifted students is rewarding for him and he enjoys the opportunity to teach and mentor in a one-on-one environment. Chip serves as the president of the Tennessee Intercollegiate Forensics Association and was recently elected to be a councilman at large by the National Forensics Association.


Vice President, Pat Richey

Middle Tennessee State University

Dr. Patrick (Pat) Richey earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. He earned his M.A. Pat Richeyfrom Stephen F. Austin State University and his B.A. from Louisiana College. Pat is well versed in debate. He began his debate career in middle school and debated for Oak Park High School in Kansas City, Mo. He debated for Longview Community College before transferring and debating for Bennett Strange at Louisiana College. While in Iraq as a Civil Affairs Sgt. In 2002-2004, Pat participated in the email debate tournament. Upon his return he debated and was the Assistant Coach at Stephen F. Austin State University with Coach Stephen Jeffcoat. Pat is currently the Director of Forensics at Middle Tennessee State University. Pat has competed, coached, or judged IPDA, NPDA, Worlds Championship Debate, CX, LD, Public Forum, Student Congress, and multiple IEs for the past 20 years


Secretary/Treasurer, Jason Stahl

Belmont University

Jason Stahl is the director of forensics at Belmont University.  He received his undergraduate degree at


Georgetown College competing with their forensics program throughout his education.  Afterward, he received his MA in communication at Western Kentucky University where he served as a graduate assistant to the WKU forensics program.  Despite a short break teaching algebra at a high school in northern Kentucky, he continued his studies at LSU with an emphasis in organizational communication, also serving as the LSU director of forensics.  He currently teaches in the Belmont department of communication studies with courses including public speaking, debate, and social networking.  He also is an advisor to the Belmont University Enactus program, a group that promotes philanthropic concepts through entrepreneurial means.