Becky Dunn

Becky Dunn

Aug. 20, 2021–Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, Missouri Western State University’s president, has named Becky Dunn as the University’s Chief Communications Officer. Dunn is currently chief of staff for the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development.

“Communication is more important than ever, and Becky has the combination of skills and experience to help Missouri Western communicate clearly with our internal and external audiences,” Dr. Kennedy said. 

“I’m thrilled to join the leadership team at Missouri Western,” Dunn said. “My entire career has been spent in higher education, and I look forward to continuing that tradition by promoting the transformational role Missouri Western plays in the lives of students, faculty, staff, and the St. Joseph community.” 

Dunn has worked for DHEWD since 2018, serving as assistant commissioner for strategic communication and outreach before becoming chief of staff earlier this year. Previously, Dunn spent 15 years at the State Technical College of Missouri in Linn, first as assistant dean of enrollment management, then as social science instructor and legislative liaison. She was also coordinator of student orientation and transfer affairs at Northwest Missouri State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in history and journalism and a master’s degree in history, both from Northwest. 

As chief communications officer, Dunn will develop, implement and measure the marketing and communications strategy for the University including integrated marketing across channels, branding, media relations, internal communications and social media. She will oversee the Office of Marketing and Communications. 

Dunn will begin her duties at Missouri Western Sept. 13.

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