Laura H. Jack appointed vice president for communications at Colgate

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Laura H. Jack, vice president of development and alumni relations at Howard University, will join Colgate University as vice president for communications, effective February 6, 2017.

Jack brings to her new position years of experience in higher education communications, in areas such as strategic planning, website and social media management, publications, public relations, and market research.

Jack has been leading Howard’s communications efforts since 2014, when she was hired as assistant vice president of marketing and branding. In 2015, she took on the additional responsibility of leading the university’s development and alumni relations operations. Working directly for the president of Howard, she has been responsible for developing and managing Howard’s communications efforts to increase enrollment as well as financial support for the university.

“I am excited to welcome Laura both to Colgate University and to the Hamilton community, and to work with her over many years as we seek to extend the reach and reputation of Colgate,” said President Brian W. Casey. “Laura is a leader in the field of higher education communication, and she will be a welcome addition to the senior administration.”

Prior to her work at Howard, Jack developed and executed communications and recruitment strategies for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. Previously, she served for seven years as director of marketing and communications at the City University of New York’s School of Professional Studies.

Before her move to higher education communications positions, Jack held communications, media, and sales positions in several corporate and for-profit settings.

Jack is a graduate of Pace University, where she concentrated in marketing, advertising, and promotions. She also holds an MBA in marketing management and an MSEd in higher education administration from Baruch College, and completed two years of coursework towards an EdD at Johns Hopkins University.

“It is an honor to join the Colgate family under the leadership of President Casey,” said Jack. “I look forward to telling the unique story of Colgate’s faculty and students.”