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Distinguished Alumni 2019
Class of 1998
Bachelor of Arts in Communication
Cameron University alumna Vendula Krejcova is one of the Czech Republic’s most prominent national broadcasters. Krejcova graduated from CU in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication. She later studied at the Metropolitan University of Prague, where she earned her master’s degree in media studies with an emphasis in English language media.
For more than 15 years, Krejcova worked on the national and international news desks at Czech TV, the country’s largest television station.
When Czech TV began a 24-hour news broadcast, Krejcova was among the first recruits, and she was selected to anchor the morning show for four years. Over the past 12 years, Krejcova has served as the executive producer and anchor for Objektive, which is ranked as one of the top 15 shows in the Czech Republic.
In 2008 and 2012, Krejcova had the honor of producing and anchoring the top news channel in the Czech Republic during the U.S. presidential elections. In 2015, Krejcova won the Zlatna Penkala, or “The Golden Pen,” one of Europe’s highest journalistic honors, for her work on Objektive. Two years later, she co-authored the book Objektive Discovers the World.
Krejcova has also shown compassion and taken action in the face of jarring, national events—such as the European refugee crisis. Krejcova is not only a famous journalist, but she is also a mother of three children, a former CU basketball star and a proud Cameron alumna.
Distinguished Alumni 2019
Class of 1980
For more than three decades, Cameron University alumna Polly Krasser invested in the lives of students at Chattanooga Schools. Her teaching began shortly after graduating from CU in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.
Her first job was as a Title I, formerly Chapter I, teacher at Grandfield Elementary School. The following year, she accepted a first grade teacher position at Chattanooga Elementary School. Eight years later, she became the junior high and high school math teacher at Chatty. After 38 years of teaching, she retired in May 2018. During her time at Chatty, she was a three-time recipient of the Chattanooga Schools Teacher of the Year Award.
She was a standout teacher who went above and beyond—she led student council, organized the school carnival, coordinated the senior trip and hosted the after-prom program. She was the first to arrive at school and the last to leave. She helped hundreds of students grow into caring, successful people, which, in turn, made a positive, lasting impact in the community.
As a CUAA lifetime member and President’s Partner, Krasser generously gives back to her alma mater. She is also among generations of family members who are also Cameron University alumni, including James Eddie Phillips, Ruby (Runyan) Phillips, Eddie Mitchell Phillips, Michael D. Phillips and Lindsey (Krasser) Billen. Her parents, James and Ruby, are also President's Partners founding members.
Edward “Ed” A. Goeas III
Distinguished Alumni 2019
Cameron University alumnus Edward “Ed” A. Goeas III serves as the president and CEO of The Tarrance Group, one of the most well-known republican survey and research firms in American politics.
He also acts as pollster for 30 current members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 12 U.S. senators, and five governors. Over the course of his career, he’s been featured on CNN, FOX News, and The Today Show. Goeas attended Cameron University in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in the 1970s.
Widely recognized as one of the country’s leading political strategists, Goeas is an often sought-after consultant. In recognition of the number of winning campaigns conducted by The Tarrance Group, Goeas and his partners, Brian Tringali and Dave Sackett, were awarded the 2010 Republican Pollster of the Year and 2014 Republican Pollster of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). In addition to his campaign work, Goeas works in partnership with democratic pollster Celinda Lake on the nationally recognized “Georgetown University Battleground Poll.”
Ed Goeas consults on a wide range of policy concerns such as education policy, health care, immigration law, criminal justice reform, and youth voting trends. Goeas has been widely published in professional and academic journals, including the Yale Law and Policy Review.
In his more than 40 years of working professionally in politics, he has served as the national political director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the campaign manager of several campaigns, and Chief of Staff to a U.S. congressman.
He is currently the pollster for both Senator Jim Inhofe and Senator James Lankford, along with Congressman Kevin Hern in Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional district. As a lifetime member of the Cameron University Alumni Association, Goeas remains connected to CU.
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