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Higher education communications expert to lead University Communications

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October 30, 2009

large photo A 20-year veteran of higher education public relations and marketing communications has been selected to lead communications at Georgia College & State University.

Harry Battson has assumed the newly created position of Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications.

“Mr. Battson’s vast experience and dedication to higher education make him the ideal person to enhance our communications,” said Amy Amason, Vice President of External Communications Relations and University Advancement. “Strategically planned communication is vital to promoting the liberal arts mission of Georgia College and achievements of our faculty, students and staff.”

Battson’s experience as a communications consultant and university communications expert and spokesman have prepared him for the new challenge. He will lead a team of 10 professionals in Web site development, media relations, video production and publications and marketing.

“I am excited for this opportunity to help Georgia College, the state’s only liberal arts university, better tell its story to the people of Georgia and the nation,” Battson said. “Georgia College offers advantages typically associated with elite private colleges at the affordable price of a public university.”

Battson has held similar positions at nationally recognized universities: University of Oregon, University of California, Irvine; University of South Florida; and Wright State University in Ohio.

Most recently, Battson has served as a consultant for strategic planning and fundraising for a nonprofit board; managed and marketed a family restaurant, and consulted on marketing communications for higher education and for-profit educational enterprises.

Battson graduated cum laude from Wright State University in Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He has taken master’s level classes in both business administration and public administration, including finance, business law and ethics.

“I look forward to applying my expertise to help promote Georgia College as the treasure it is,” Battson said.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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For more information, contact University Communications at (478) 445-4477.