Marshall staffers to assume new roles


The president’s office has announced several promotions and interim appointments.

Senior Vice President for Operations Brandi Jacobs-Jones will be promoted and assume additional responsibilities effective Aug. 1 as the chief of staff/liaison to the Marshall University Board of Governors, reporting directly to the president. In this new capacity, Jacobs-Jones will continue to serve as senior vice president of operations, while additionally providing executive-level support to the president and serving as liaison to the board.

Ginny Painter, communications director for the Marshall University Research Corporation since 2009, will be promoted and named interim senior vice president for communications and marketing, also effective Aug. 1. In her new position, Painter will have responsibility for overall communications, media and public relations, research-based messaging, marketing and branding activity for the university, while also providing support for key MURC communications initiatives.

Dr. Sherri Smith, executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, has accepted an interim appointment as associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies, through June 30, 2015. She replaces Dr. Corley Dennison, who accepted the position of vice chancellor for academic affairs at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

Dr. Karen McComas, assistant director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, will serve as interim executive director of the center, also through June 30, 2015.

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