Senior Vice President for Strategic Communications & External Affairs | University Administration | Kent State University

Senior Vice President for Strategic Communications & External Affairs

Karen B. ClarkeKaren B. Clarke

Senior Vice President for Strategic Communications & External Affairs
Division of University Relations


  • B.S., Journalism and Spanish, University of Florida
  • Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration – In progress

Job Description

Serves as the university’s chief strategist on all matters related to advancing the Kent State brand, image and reputation. Advises and partners with members of the university’s leadership team including cabinet members, college and campus deans to achieve institutional revenue and enrollment goals through brand building strategies. Oversees three strategic units of the organization: University Communications and Marketing, the Kent State in-house marketing agency; WKSU, an NPR-affiliated station; and the Center for Corporate and Professional Development. Together these units create high visibility, engagement and loyalty among key stakeholders including students, parents, alumni, donors, policymakers, employers and the general public. Serves as the division’s key representative to the Kent State Board of Trustees.

Direct Reports

  • Senior Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Affairs, Rebecca Murphy
  • Director of Strategic Communications and Special Projects, Shawna Horvath
  • Associate Vice President for Corporate and Professional Development, Amy Lane
  • Executive Director and General Manager, WKSU, Wendy Turner

Contact, 330-672-7882

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