Gail Towns joined Georgian Court University in 2009 as director of public information and in 2011 became director of the university’s marketing and communications office, which manages editorial services, graphic design, advertising and marketing, Web/electronic communications, grants, and government relations. She was named executive director in 2015 and leads a team of professionals committed to telling the story of GCU’s role in shaping and changing students’ lives.
The marketing team also promotes the university’s successes and provides strategic counsel regarding all communications efforts. In her current role, Ms. Towns works with students, faculty, campus administrators, and alumni to share the many ways GCU expands possibility for students and the communities they serve.
Her passion for higher education is not new. More than two decades ago, Ms. Towns began her journalism career covering K-12 public schools and colleges and universities for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She also taught writing and reporting courses at Western Michigan University (WMU) and the University of Cincinnati. In addition, she worked in college and university relations posts at Atlanta Technical College and WMU, and was a parenting columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Hamilton Journal-News and Cincinnati Parent. Her work has also appeared in Currents, the magazine of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Ms. Towns, who is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and a board member with College & University Public Relations and Associated Professionals (CUPRAP), holds a B.A. from Clark Atlanta University and an M.S. from Northwestern University.
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