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. from 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 and Associate Professor at Middle Tennessee State University. He is also the Recording Secretary of IPDA.  Pat has competed, coached, or judged IPDA, NPDA, Worlds Championship Debate, CX, LD, Public Forum, Student Congress, and multiple IEs for the past 25 years. 

Vice President, Shaq Marsh

Pellissippi State Community College

Dr. Shaquille (Shaq) Marsh earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He earned a B.S. from Troy University in Troy, Alabama, and an A.S. from Enterprise State Community College in Enterprise, Alabama. Shaq is currently an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Speech and Debate program at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Secretary/Treasurer, Donna Taylor

East Tennessee State University

Donna Taylor received her B.A. in Communication Studies from Cedarville University where she competed on the forensics team. She earned her M.A. in Communication and Storytelling Studies at East Tennessee State University where she served as a graduate assistant for the ETSU Speech & Debate Team. She now teaches in the Communication & Performance Department at ETSU and serves as the Assistant Director for the Speech and Debate Team. Her current courses include; Argumentation and Debate, Public Speaking, and Fundamentals of Communication.