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Jomel Nichols, chief communications officer

Aug. 29, 2019—Missouri Western State University President Matt Wilson has announced that Jomel Nichols, director of public relations and marketing, has been promoted to chief communications officer effective Sept. 1.

The move will consolidate into a single unit many of Missouri Western’s current marketing and communications efforts: the Department of Public Relations and Marketing, Campus Printing and Design Services and two marketing-related positions that had been in the Western Institute.

“We have always collaborated across campus to make the most of our resources,” Nichols said. “This will enable us to be even more efficient as we communicate with our internal and external audiences.”

The newly created unit will be called Marketing and Communications and will focus on university branding, marketing and internal communications.

“Marketing and communications are more important than ever as we seek to attract new students, encourage dialogue with our existing students and employees and build strong relationships with external partners,” President Wilson said. “Jomel has more than capably led our efforts in this area. Our new structure will allow her to enhance our communications efforts and more effectively spread the advantages of pursuing a degree at Missouri Western.”

Nichols has been director of public relations and marketing since August 2015. Prior to coming to Missouri Western, Nichols had held several marketing-related positions, most recently at SJC Marketing in St. Joseph. She and her husband Joe also owned a consulting company for many years. She graduated with bachelor’s degrees in business and public relations from William Jewell College.

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