R. Edwards Ingle (1983)

Category: Alumni Service | Awards

2019 Alumni Service Award Winner

R. Edward Ingle graduated from UT in 1983 with a degree in journalism from the College of Communication and Information (CCI). In 1985, he earned his MPA in public policy and finance at Indiana University (IU).

Directly out of his master’s program, Ingle began working in the White House as a budget and program examiner. His storied career took him to Wexler and Walker, a DC-based lobbying firm at which he served for nearly 12 years as senior vice president and principal. He was director of cabinet coordination for the Bush–Cheney presidential transition in 2000 and served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy cabinet secretary from 2001 to 2003. After his time in the White House, Ingle worked for 16 years in Microsoft’s Office of Government Affairs as senior director (2003–05), as managing director (2005–16), and as general manager (2016–19). He is currently working on several writing projects before embarking on his next adventure.

Ingle has contributed his time, energy, and resources to UT. He serves on the CCI Board of Visitors, where he has been both chair and vice chair, and CCI’s Join the Journey Campaign Steering Committee. He is a former member of the UT Knoxville Alumni Board of Directors.

Ingle has graciously hosted many student networking trips, alumni receptions, and admissions events at Microsoft’s offices in Washington, DC. He is one of CCI’s most generous donors, as well as a guest lecturer and student mentor.

He has taught classes as an adjunct professor in New York University’s graduate program for corporate communications and served as a guest lecturer for Wharton’s Executive Fellows program and Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He serves on the board of Operation Hope, the Board of Governors for the Bryce Harlow Foundation, and is a principal of the Council for Excellence in Government. He is a member of the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs Distinguished Alumni Council and was presented with the Alumnus of the Year award from the IU School of Public Policy in 2002.