Higher Education Communications

University of Florida
A first-tier public research university, the University of Florida comprises 16 colleges and more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. The institution also encompasses UF Health, an integrated network of the Health Science Center, UF Health-Shands Hospital and the UF Health-Jacksonville family of hospitals and services.

Role and Responsibilities: As editor of the university’s magazine, I was responsible for covering the teaching, research, service and people at the core of UF’s mission. In addition to writing and editing, my scope of duties included all editorial planning, budgeting, operations and production, while serving a dual appointment in university relations and university advancement.

I provided leadership to a team of writers, graphic designers, photographers and illustrators while working collaboratively with campus-wide communications colleagues to extend and enhance the university’s brand. Campus committee involvement included serving on the Crisis Communications Committee, Institutional Graphic Identity Committee, and the UF Foundation’s Re-accreditation Committee.

In addition, I worked with senior university leadership to coordinate messaging and material to be published in the magazine in support of overarching institutional strategic goals, and I assisted in the coordination and production of publication materials in support of a university capital campaign.

Notable Achievements

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Freelance writer, CURRENTS magazine

Role and Responsibilities: CASE hired me to write about issues that impact college and university advancement, alumni affairs and institutional branding and marketing. The assignments required extensive, multi-source interviewing, reporting and writing on deadline.

University of Georgia Foundation
Freelance writer/editor and editorial consultant

Role and Responsibilities: My freelance work for the University of Georgia encompassed writing for the Foundation’s Annual Reports along with the Report of the President. I also wrote for Georgia, the university’s alumni magazine, including a cover story on the impact of the state lottery program on the legislature’s funding of higher education throughout the state.

Additionally, I wrote and consulted on the design of a range of informational publications for the Division of Student Affairs.

Rutgers University
Freelance writer, RUTGERS magazine

Role and Responsibilities: I met, interviewed and wrote an alumni profile of Rutgers alumnus Bernie Marcus, who helped revolutionize the D.I.Y. home-improvement industry when he co-founded The Home Depot.

 

Wake Forest University
Freelance writer, Wake Forest magazine

Role and Responsibilities: I wrote an alumni profile on Wake alumnus David “Woody” Johnson Jr., the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Atlanta headquarters who led the bureau’s investigation of the bombing in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Games. The controversial incident and its aftermath were captured in the motion picture Richard Jewell.

University of Minnesota
Freelance writer, MINNESOTA magazine

Role and Responsibilities: I met with and interviewed U.S. Rep. John Linder for a cover story I wrote on the UM alumnus.

 

 

Florida Gulf Coast University
Freelance writer/editor and editorial consultant

Role and Responsibilities: Founded in 1997 as Florida’s newest state university, Florida Gulf Coast University contracted with me to lead the development and launch of its alumni magazine.

I served a similar role in the creation of the University Foundation’s annual reports and a capital campaign publication, writing and editing copy, coordinating photography and collaborating with an in-house graphic designer.