Bruce Hartmann Joins The University of Tennessee Medical Center in VP Role

May 19, 2017

Former Knoxville News Sentinel publisher and longtime Knoxville resident Bruce Hartmann will return to Knoxville and join the staff of The University of Tennessee Medical Center as vice president of community and government relations. Hartmann will leave his current position as president of the Chattanooga Times Free Press to make the move back to Knoxville in July. Hartmann replaces John Sheridan, who is retiring after nearly 17 years with the medical center and more than four decades of government and community relations and fundraising experience in Tennessee.


“Bruce brings the perfect blend of leadership, relationship building, business knowledge, integrity, and compassion that’s needed during this critical time of change in the healthcare industry and at the medical center,” said Joe Landsman, president and CEO of The University of Tennessee Medical Center. “Through his role in the publishing industry throughout the years, Bruce has a reputation of competence, integrity, and fairness, and has great a relationship with our team. In his personal and professional life he has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to helping improve the lives of those in Knoxville and throughout the state of Tennessee.”


In his new role, Hartmann will lead all legislative activities on behalf of the medical center in the state and federal legislature, and will be a liaison to local, state and federal lawmakers and their staff members. The position also will allow him to cultivate relationships and community partnerships on behalf of the medical center.


"I am honored to join the team at the University of Tennessee Medical Center,” Hartmann said. “As the region’s only academic medical center, I know how important the work done here is to our community and all of East Tennessee. I have been associated with the medical center for many years in a volunteer capacity and now I look forward to dedicating my full attention to this great organization."


Before joining WEHCO Media Group, which owns the Chattanooga Times Free Press, in 2014, Hartmann spent 25 years with E.W. Scripps, ultimately retiring from the media company. He joined Scripps as advertising director at the Knoxville News Sentinel and worked his way up to general manager, president/publisher, then group publisher before moving to the company’s corporate office as vice president of sales and marketing for print and interactive Scripps publications in 13 markets. His most recent role before the move to Chattanooga was as chief revenue officer and vice president of sales and marketing. Hartmann’s early career involved positions of leadership in sales and advertising at newspapers in Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, and Maryland.


Hartmann’s community involvement is quite active in both Knoxville and Chattanooga. His current and past memberships include Leadership Knoxville, Leadership Tennessee, Complete Tennessee, CHI Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Tivoli Theatre board, United Way of Chattanooga, Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Smokies, Bijou Theatre, Regal Entertainment’s Children’s Charity Variety, and the South College board of directors. He is past board chair of both the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation and the Knoxville Chamber Partnership. He was the 2006 campaign chair for United Way of Greater Knoxville and co-chaired a significant building campaign for Sacred Heart Cathedral.


Hartmann and his wife, Tami, have three adult children and two grandchildren. In their spare time, family members enjoy spending time on the lakes in Tennessee.


The mission of The University of Tennessee Medical Center, the region’s only hospital to achieve status as a Magnet® recognized organization, is to serve through healing, education and discovery. UT Medical Center, a 609-bed, not-for-profit academic medical center, serves as a referral center for Eastern Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. The medical center, the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, is one of the largest employers in Knoxville. For more information about The University of Tennessee Medical Center, visit online at