- Undergraduate: Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, 1969. Bachelor’s degree with major/minors in English, speech, and chemistry.
- Graduate: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1974. Master’s degree in speech/communications.
- Legal Education: University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1982. Doctor of Jurisprudence.
- Licensed in Tennessee 1982