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Search committee named to seek vice president for marketing and communications at UGA

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead has appointed a search committee to begin a national search to fill the position of vice president for marketing and communications.

Jennifer Frum, vice president for public service and outreach, will chair the search committee, which includes representation of faculty, administrators, staff, students and alumni.

Additional search committee members are:
• Michelle Garfield Cook, associate provost for institutional diversity;
• Charles Davis, dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication;
• Juliett Dinkins, editor of Columns, UGA Public Affairs;
• Kelly Kerner, vice president for development and alumni relations;
• Stefanie Lindquist, dean of the School of Public and International Affairs;
• Charlotte Mason, department head of marketing and C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Chair of Business Administration;
• Marie Mize, vice chair of the Staff Council, circulation manager at the King Law Library;
• Kathy Pharr, chief of staff to the president;
• Mike Raeber, executive director of legal affairs;
• Tom Reichert, department head of advertising and public relations and Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Advertising, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication;
• Susan Sherman, president of Susan Sherman Inc. and member of the UGA Foundation Development and Public Affairs Committee;
• Johnelle Simpson, president of the Student Government Association;
• Brock Tessman, associate professor and chair-elect of the executive committee of the University Council; and
• Alan Thomas, associate athletic director for external operations, UGA Athletics.

Tom Jackson, who has served as a senior administrator at UGA since 1988 and as vice president for public affairs since 2006, recently announced that he is accepting a new position as heritage communications executive with the University System of Georgia effective Aug. 1.

“Tom Jackson has played a strategic role in UGA’s senior administration for many years,” Morehead said. “He is the longest-serving member of the University Cabinet, having served admirably in several administrations. We appreciate Tom’s dedication and loyalty to UGA and wish him all the best in his new position with the University System.”

The Office of the Vice President for Marketing and Communications, currently known as Public Affairs, will serve as the chief communications and marketing organization for the University of Georgia and will be responsible for developing and strategically managing an organization that enhances, protects and strengthens UGA’s institutional brand and reputation.

This senior marketing and communications position is critical to advancing the university’s reputation as a leading national research institution and to ensuring the success of the university’s ongoing comprehensive campaign. The successful candidate should be an individual who possesses significant and long-standing experience and expertise in higher education and who has a strong background working with the various constituencies on a college campus. The vice president for marketing and communications will oversee four departments: news service, publications, broadcast/video/photography and the visitors center, as well as WUGA-FM.

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