Marshall administrators receive promotions
HUNTINGTON -- Two Marshall University administrators have been promoted and will take on new roles.
Brandi Jacobs-Jones, senior vice president for operations, and Ginny Painter, communications director for Marshall University Research, have taken on additional responsibilities in the university administration.
Jacobs-Jones, who joined Marshall earlier this year, has been promoted and assumed additional responsibilities as the chief of staff and liaison to the Marshall University Board of Governors.
Painter has been promoted and named interim senior vice president for communications and marketing.
"I am quite proud to announce the promotions of these two dynamic individuals to their respective senior leadership positions at Marshall University," Kopp said in a press release. "They both bring considerable experience, expertise and savvy to their new roles. I look forward to their many leadership contributions and the many fine achievements they will realize on behalf of advancing our university."
Jacobs-Jones and Painter will make $150,000 and $115,000, respectively with their promotions.
Each woman received a raise of about $35,000, for a total of $70,000 in additional funding.
Matt Turner, Marshall's former chief of staff, made $97,300 when he left the university last month. The university will save a little more than $27,000 by dispersing the chief-of-staff responsibilities.
In her new position, Jacobs-Jones will report directly to the president, providing executive-level support to the president and working with the board, while continuing to serve as senior vice president for operations.
She joined Marshall after serving three Huntington mayors as the city's director of administration and finance. She also has served the city as acting public works director. Before that, she worked as the outreach coordinator/development officer for Ebenezer Medical Outreach Inc. in Huntington, and from 2001 to 2003, she was a housing and urban development fellow at Eastern Kentucky University.
"During her brief time with us, Brandi has distinguished herself as a highly motivated and dedicated person of remarkable capacity," Kopp said in the release. "I am confident she will do an outstanding job in her new role as chief of staff, while continuing to perform well in her relatively new role as senior vice president for operations."
She is a member of the boards of directors of the Huntington Urban Renewal Authority, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Tri-State and the Child Development Academy at Marshall University.
Jacobs-Jones has a master's degree in public administration from Eastern Kentucky University and a regents bachelor of arts degree from Marshall.
She is on the boards of directors of the West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust and TechConnect West Virginia.
Painter will have the responsibility for the university's overall communications, media and public relations, research-based messaging, marketing and branding activities, and she will continue to provide support for key MURC communications initiatives.
Painter has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, nonprofit and government communications and administration, including at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the University of Charleston. She also has served as communications director and deputy commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and in communications roles for the state affiliate of the American Lung Association and Black Diamond Girl Scout Council.
"I have had the privilege of working closely with Ginny on various important budget and marketing initiatives and have been impressed by her resourcefulness, dedication and commitment to excellence," Kopp said in the release. "She is also a very driven and focused person who will provide strong leadership and vision for the University's strategic and integrated marketing, public relations and communications functions.
She has a bachelor's degree in journalism/public relations from Marshall University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Charleston.
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