Stephens Receives Award for Distinguished Service in Public Relations

Dr. Daniel Kaufman, President of Georgia Gwinnett College, announced today that Jennifer Stephens, GGC’s director of public affairs, received the 2007 Georgia Education Advancement Council’s (GEAC) Award for Distinguished Service in Public Relations at the Council’s annual meeting in Brasstown Valley, Georgia.

Dr. Daniel Kaufman, President of Georgia Gwinnett College, announced today that Jennifer Stephens, GGC’s director of public affairs, received the 2007 Georgia Education Advancement Council’s (GEAC) Award for Distinguished Service in Public Relations at the Council’s annual meeting in Brasstown Valley, Georgia.

“This is an exciting day for GGC as one of our own is recognized by this elite organization for her work in public relations on behalf of the college,” Kaufman said, “Jennifer has become an invaluable member of my senior leader team, as well as a recognized leader throughout the Gwinnett community. She brings remarkable vision and innovation to every task as she carries out her extensive responsibilities.”

Stephens noted in her acceptance comments that working for GGC has been an enviable experience among her colleagues. “Having the opportunity to be a part of this new, exciting college is a career high, and I am very privileged to be able to help promote its image.”

Dr. Gordon Harrison, Vice President for Advancement at GGC stated, “Jennifer is a talented public relations manager who is involved in all aspects of communication and marketing at GGC. We are fortunate to have someone with her skills dedicated to growing the college.”

In other news from GEAC, Harrison was elected as chair of the Chief Advancement Officers (CAO) for 2007-2008. The CAO’s of Georgia’s colleges and universities oversee marketing, public relations, institutional websites, fundraising, and foundations.

GEAC is a statewide organization comprised of public relations, fundraising, and external affairs leaders from Georgia’s public institutions, the Technical College System of Georgia, and several major private colleges and universities. Award honorees have demonstrated outstanding performance and commitment to the field of higher education public relations, have earned the respect of their colleagues, and have made significant and specific public relations contributions that yielded positive results for their office, their institution and their field.

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