ROBYN HANKERSON NAMED DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA RELATIONS AT JOHNSON & WALES U NIVERSITY’S NORTH MIAMI CAMPUS

Name: Robyn Hankerson

Email: robyn.hankerson / robyn.hankerson (AT) jwu.edu

Comment: ROBYN HANKERSON NAMED DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS &

MEDIA RELATIONS AT JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY’S NORTH MIAMI CAMPUS

NORTH MIAMI, FL — August 25, 2016 – Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami Campus has named Robyn Hankerson director of communications & media relations. The announcement was made by Campus President Larry Rice, Ed.D.

“We are pleased to welcome Robyn to our dynamic team of professionals,” Rice said. “Her extensive experience in communications is a great asset to the university as we continue to expand program offerings and showcase the many happenings on our campus.”

As director of communications & media relations, Hankerson is responsible for planning and implementing crisis communications for both internal and external audiences, as well as creating media relations strategies and procedures to improve and maintain the university’s image and reputation. She also oversees marketing strategies, social media engagement and community relations efforts for the university.

Prior to joining the JWU team, Hankerson held the position of development & donor relations manager at the Urban League of Broward County. She also served as an account supervisor with Bitner Goodman / Goodman Public Relations for nearly ten years, where she developed and managed marketing communications campaigns for a number of organizations, including Simon Property Group, Tri-Rail, Winn-Dixie and Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off.

Hankerson holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. With strong ties to the community, Hankerson serves as a board member for the Broward Education Foundation, president of UF’s Association of Black Alumni –South Florida, member of Leadership Broward XXXIV, New Leaders Council – Broward and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

JWU’s North Miami Campus, which opened in 1992 with 82 culinary arts students, has grown to more than 1,700 students pursuing bachelor’s degrees through its School of Business, College of Arts & Sciences and School of Hospitality, and associate degrees through the College of Culinary Arts. The campus has graduated more than 9,000 students since opening in 1992. Nearly 10, 200 graduates from all JWU campuses currently live in Florida.

About Johnson & Wales University

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 16,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, R.I.; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, N.C. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design, education, engineering, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 123 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit www.jwu.edu.

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