Photo Caption: Jennifer Kirksey, OU president's new chief of staff
Ohio University President Roderick McDavis has announced the promotion of Jennifer Kirksey to chief of staff and special assistant to the president.
Kirksey takes over for Becky Watts, who left the position at the end of May after being hired to work with the Ohio Board of Regents.
In a letter to faculty and staff late last month, McDavis announced Kirksey's promotion from her previous role as strategic communication adviser and developer. McDavis wrote that Kirksey is a graduate of OU and has worked at the university for seven years. Prior to joining the president's office, she worked as a media specialist in University Communications and Marketing.
"In her nearly 12 years at Ohio University, Jennifer has fostered relationships with students, faculty, staff, administrators and members of our community," McDavis wrote. "She brings to her role a deep understanding of Ohio University and a heartfelt appreciation for the values of our great university."
As chief of staff, Kirksey is charged with managing the Office of the President, McDavis said, and serving as a "liaison to students, faculty, staff, and other members of our community, and working with our university community to move our strategic initiatives forward."
McDavis said that the search committee for a new chief of staff provided "a strong pool of candidates for this important position."
He thanked the committee for its work.
In a prepared release, Kirksey said she's honored to be appointed the president's chief of staff: "I am thrilled to have this opportunity to engage with students, faculty, staff and members of our community in a new way as we achieve our academic mission and move our strategic initiatives forward."