Dr. Pettigrew spent 13 years in the public relations industry before returning to UGA to pursue his Ph.D. in communications. His professional experience includes working for The Weather Channel, Hill+Knowlton, Inc., one of the largest public relations firms in the world, and Turner Broadcasting, Inc. Most recently, he was vice president of communications for Turner Classic Movies. He has received several honors and awards for his work. Dr. Pettigrew joined Kennesaw in August of 2015.