As a higher education leader, my successful service includes crises communications involving university leadership, board member, intergovernmental leaders and first-time-in-college families.
I became the first female dean of the Florida A&M School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, and facilitated leadership improvements in academics, technology, recruitment, strategic communications, alumni engagement, fundraising, student scholarship and faculty credentialing alignment. Also, I led the campus development of the nation's first African American owned and operated TV station, and tri-weekly shows on the HBCU Channel 142, SiriusXM.
While serving as Dean/Director of St. Louis, Mo.-based Webster University's largest two campuses for 23 Master's degrees in Little Rock, Arkansas, the state awarded it an unprecedented 5-year certification. Also achieved local and university-wide recognition for enrollment growth and averting crises between students, faculty and the community. The university's first female president benefited from the accolades bestowed upon the Arkansas campuses. Also awarded Professor of the Year (2011-2012) for Business Department, Arkansas Baptist University, as an adjunct professor of International Business. The Little Rock community college included students who were former prison inmates.
Served with distinction as the Chief of Staff of then-Georgia's largest local government, DeKalb County. Also served as its Communications Director during its TV Emmy-winning years. Previously served as the Information and Public Affairs Director for Fulton County Government (county seat of Atlanta). In addition, I served as the first female director of the Rockdale (GA) Stormwater Management Department where 90+ percent of goals were accomplished as pre-established by the citizens and leadership.
As a senior director with a multi-year assignment for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. The international Olympic Committee is host to the world's largest peacetime event. I wrote the curricula and helped to implement the Olympic HOST HBCU Broadcast Program that enabled minority students to obtain internships in highly selective media organizations. The HOST HBCU program was selected as a legacy internal operational program. I also wrote a multi-million-dollar job training grant to benefit residents of economically poor neighborhoods of 1996 Olympic venues in Atlanta, GA.
There are several award-winning financial journalism career highlights with local Atlanta, regional, national and international media. I served as a financial journalist, columnist, broadcast anchor and consultant.
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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