A former senior communications and marketing administrator at Emory University has joined the UGA Division of Public Affairs in an interim position.
Janis D. Gleason is serving a one-year appointment as interim director of the university’s news service, which includes media relations, Web communications and Columns.
Gleason is taking over for Cynthia Hoke, who will be on a one-year leave of absence. During this time, Hoke will serve as senior adviser and special assistant to the president of Albany State University. Her work in the office of President Arthur N. Dunning will begin April 1.
Dunning was vice president for public service and outreach at UGA from 2000-2010.
A graduate of Albion College who went on to earn a master’s degree in public relations management from Syracuse University, Gleason has been in leadership positions in Emory University’s public relations and marketing offices since 1985.
“We are pleased to welcome to UGA’s Public Affairs Division a recognized leader in our field to fill this important position on an interim basis,” said Tom Jackson, UGA vice president for public affairs. “Jan’s experience as editor of Emory’s faculty-staff newspaper, director of their news service, associate vice president for public affairs and assistant vice president for marketing over a 30-year career will be invaluable to us.”