Shawna Horvath serves as the chief of staff to the senior vice president for strategic communications and external affairs . Shawna oversees and manages the office of University Relations, spearheads overarching divisional projects and provides executive-level support and coordination on behalf of the senior vice president.
Prior to joining university relations, Shawna served as assistant director of government and community relations. She provided leadership and key decision-making support to the Executive Director on a broad range of communication and marketing, strategic planning, policy, organizational, fiscal, and procedural matters. She served as the department’s primary advisor and liaison on a variety of university special projects, initiatives and assignments including the coordination of cabinet-level executive searches working directly with the vice president and university secretary, search committees, and search firms
An Ohio native, Shawna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science in Education degree from Youngstown State University.