(May 2017 - Present)
Actively utilizing appropriate learning platforms to instruct students in digital and multimedia writing and production; media analytics; and public relations research and production. Member of the WFSU Public Media Community Council board, Rotary Club of Tallahassee, National Association of Black Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists, Reading Pals, Alzheimer's Project Board, and NU Council of 100 women. Other favored volunteer stints: Member on a former Florida Gov.-appointed statewide board to improve the lives of disabled persons, and as @FAMU's principal investigator/senior mgr for a public/private project, Black Television News Channel. The university did not complete the project.
Dean, School of Journalism & Graphic Communication
(August 2012 - May 2017)
As the first female dean of the Florida A&M SJGC, I facilitated leadership improvements in academics, technology, recruitment, strategic communications, alumni engagement, fundraising, student scholarship and faculty credentialing alignment.
Visiting Faculty, Northwestern University Medill School
(Sept. 2017 - Aug. 2018)
Invited by Dean Bradley Hamm to conduct research and work on special projects that added value to my overall multi-media portfolio.
Webster University, Director, Little Rock AR Campuses
(April 2009 - Aug. 2012)
Promoted to director of the Little Rock, area campuses, now overseeing operations of the Metro and Air Force Base sites. Ann serves as the administrative officer and is charged with implementing programs and policies that meet the overall goals and objectives of Webster University. Responsibilities are varied, complex and include hiring and supervising staff and faculty, overseeing student recruitment and services, and managing budgeting and facilities.
DEKALB COUNTY GOVERNMENT
Chief of Staff
(May 2001 – Jan 2009)
Director of Communications
(May 2005 – Dec 2008)
Led strategic communications and political strategies while serving on the county’s leadership team. The country was the second largest country in Georgia, serving 750,000 citizens. Co-led the DeKalb County Government’s Hurricane Katrina Relief Center, a “one-stop” and comprehensive services center for evacuees of New Orleans, LA. Ensured consistent brand representation through management of government boards and agencies. Collaborated with the CEO, CAO and finance department leadership team to craft and execute a strategic Wall Street presentation showcasing the county. This led to securing the county’s first dual AAA bond credit rating from Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s.
FULTON COUNTY GOVERNMENT
Director of Public Information
(1997 - 2001)
Conceptualized proactive communications frameworks for elected officials and department leaders. Revamped programming for the county’s existing cable channel and moved it into an award-winning prototype for government media. Organized a progressive public affairs strategy that was inclusive of all county agencies.
ATLANTA COMMITTEE FOR THE 1996 OLYMPIC GAMES, ATLANTA, GA
Director, Community Relations
(1993 to 1996)
Built strong partnerships between the Olympic Games and special external influencers, which translated into increased economic benefits and stellar community relations for the local organizing committee. Secured a $3.5M federal demonstration grant for a customized job training program that continues to employ non-traditional workers in the construction industry.
Extended the benefits of the Games’ legacy by developing curriculum for the HOST Broadcast Training Program that benefited African-American college students by securing internships and permanent positions in the media industry.
Doctor of Business Administration, International Business
Master of Science, Journalism
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Management Development Program
Clark College (Clark Atlanta University)
Bachelor of Arts, Communications
I am an award-winning financial writer and special projects author with more than 5,000 multi-media works produced under my byline and broadcast signature. My work has appeared in Business Week, Fortune, Time, Marketing Management, Black Enterprise, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Journal/Constitution, Essence, Twins magazine and Ebony Jr!
I was an anchor and reporter for WSB-TV Morning Show, WGST-FM Afternoon Drive, Media One and Georgia Public TV’s weekly business shows. I have educated hundreds of high school and university students in more than 500 courses in communications and international business.
As a highly regarded mentor, my former students and college classmates are leaders in the business, broadcast journalism, motion pictures, nonprofit, print journalism, public affairs and public relations, special events and varied entrepreneurial fields.
As a higher education leader, my successful service includes private-public partnership strategist, project management, mentor career coach, dean, professor, curricula developer, program reviewer, student media adviser, financial donor.
As the first female dean of the Florida A&M School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (Aug. 2012-May 2017), I facilitated leadership improvements in academics, technology, recruitment, strategic communications, alumni engagement, fundraising, student scholarship and faculty credentialing alignment.
There are several other career highlights that include serving at the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, DeKalb County Government, Northwestern University, Clark Atlanta University, Webster University, Fulton County Government Florida A&M University, Arkansas Baptist College.
I have a proven track record of success as a communications career coach and employment placement specialist. Services are primarily targeted to assist college interns, recent graduates and mid-career professionals in the dynamic fields of entrepreneurial journalism, digital communications, graphic arts, public relations, business management, international business and related areas. One-on-one and group sessions are available in mutually agreeable meeting formats.
Soon, workshops and retreats will be offered for academic scholarship and job seekers, and for individuals seeking customized tutorials in oral and written communications.
I had the opportunity to work with Ann very early in my career. Ann is not only a great writer and communicator, but she truly loves her craft, and shares that love with those around her to help them be better. She balances her drive for excellence with a practical understanding of what’s important and what isn’t. That grounding has helped her successfully lead communications for Georgia’s two largest local governments, and transition those skills into academia.
I am one of dozens of people who have benefitted from having Ann as a mentor. Over the course of more than 20 years, she has not only mentored and supported me directly, but has set a great example by setting aggressive career goals and fearlessly pursuing them.
As a young woman, she showed me what it looks like to balance career and motherhood in a way that has helped keep me going through some tough times. I am blessed to know her and be part of her “village.”
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