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Open forums scheduled for university spokesperson candidates

On June 19 and 20, the Ohio University community to have an opportunity to meet with the candidates for the university spokesperson position during public open forums.

The university spokesperson will act on University-wide concerns at the request of the president or other senior University staff. This position will provide counsel and advice on major reputational issues in alignment with and in support of the University’s mission, vision and goals; enhance the reputation of the university by promoting the achievements of OHIO's students, faculty and staff, academic excellence, and commitment to being the best student-centered learning experience in America.

"The university spokesperson is a new position dedicated to proactively promoting the University and its achievements, positions and stances on a variety of topics," explained Director of Marketing and External Communications Kelley Finan. "The person in this position will work closely with University leaders to understand the major issues, and will provide strategic counsel on how the University should promote or respond to these issues."

The candidates are Ken Gordon and Brian Schwartz.

Gordon graduated from Ball state University in Muncie, Ind. with a B.S. in journalism and a M.A. in public relations. He has worked in public relations since his first position as media relations manager with the Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. (1989-1995). After that, he served with the Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. (1995-2004) and as senior public relations counselor with Ashland, Inc. (2005-2011). From 2007-2008, Gordon also served as an adjunct professor of public relations at Ohio Northern University.

Schwartz graduated from the University of Toledo with a B.A. in comprehensive social studies. He began his career as a staff assistant and speechwriter to Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine (1995-1999) and moved onto the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority as a manager of communications, director of communications, and director of public affairs (2000-2006). Schwartz them became the public information coordinator and executive officer for the Office of the Mayor of the City of Toledo (2006-2008) and as assignment and web editor for WNWO NBC 24 (2009-present).

The forums will be:
June 19
Ken Gordon, 233 Baker University Center, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

June 20
Brian Schwartz, 233 Baker University Center, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.