SMSC professor enhances students' education with his industry experience

From managing TV stations to starting his own communications corporation, Max Andrews has incredible experiences to share with students.

The School of Media & Strategic Communications is dedicated to providing students with professors who know the fields they aspire to be a part of. Andrews’ professional career can attest to this. 

Andrews served as the general manager for an NBC affiliate in Austin, Texas, before following his dream to own and operate his own TV station. From there, Andrews decided he wanted to do more. He started Andrews Communication Corporation, which produced syndicated TV programming for ESPN and the Golf Channel.

Eventually finding his way back to Stillwater, Andrews obtained his master’s degree in mass communications to become a professor. He is now one of the many well-rounded and experienced educators at the SMSC.

“That’s why I came back,” Andrews said. “I want to make a contribution by sharing my experience from being in the real world.”

 Andrews challenges his students to be innovative thinkers in today’s ever-changing world of communication. 

As an innovative thinker himself, Andrews created and produced Channel 112. On this channel, OSU students are able to produce their own show, showcase their work and see what it’s like to work in a live production atmosphere every day.

“The goal is to operate the channel like a local TV station,” Andrews said. “The students can use the station so the public can see what they are doing.”

Students appreciate the skills and knowledge they’ve obtained in Andrews’ classes. He has worked with many students ranging from multimedia journalism to strategic communication majors in the SMSC.

“I was assigned to create a communication plan for the Saville Center for Child Advocacy as a class project,” Strategic Communication student Nicole Baumann said. “Without taking that class, I wouldn’t have been given the opportunity to intern for that organization.”

Andrews has provided his students with the skills, confidence and expertise needed in order to advance in their professional careers.

“My goal as a professor is to encourage students to be proud of the work they’ve accomplished during their time at the SMSC,” Andrews said. “Employers are attracted to our students because they are exceptional.”