Director of Strategic Communication

Biography

The story begins in 1984 as I sit in a 1960s-era desk with decades of initials scratched on its freshly lacquered wooden top. I scoff at my junior English teacher, Barbara Landreth, as she proclaims that I will be a writer. Turns out she knew best. Accounting was not my thing. After five and a half years of college and a master's degree, I settled in for seven more years as a newspaperman. A firm believer in knowing when it's time to move on, I jumped the fence. For the next 17 years, I worked in corporate communication - media, community and other roles - at Southwire Company, the world's third-largest wire maker. In March 2016, I returned home to UWG, where I develop and manage communication strategy across a variety of audiences. Along the way, I have received writing and reporting awards from the Georgia Press Association and the Associated Press and served as chairman of the local chamber. I have met Paul McCartney, worked with a U.S. secretary of energy and enjoyed too many adventures to mention. So, thank you Barbara Landreth for encouraging the writer in me. It's made all the difference.

Education / Degrees

  • A.A., Journalism, Clayton State College, 1988
  • B.A., Mass Communication, West Georgia College, 1990
  • M.A., Journalism, University of Georgia, 1992
  • Skills and Resources

    Communication Strategy

    Effective communication does not just happen, no matter how well-intentioned we may be. Learn how to speak with various audiences on their terms.

    Media Training

    Working with the media is not as daunting as it seems. Learn tips and techniques in an hour that will help you control the conversation.

    Clear Writing and Editing

    20 tips to become a better writer

    Dreamstorming

    Venture beyond brainstorming and conventional thinking to create truly innovative change.

    Challenge (Crisis) Communication

    Most of what we perceive to be crises actually are really just challenges, which can be opportunities when viewed differently. Learn to manage communication during a challenge.