Walsh Names New Director of University Relations

Walsh University is pleased to announce the appointment of Kimberly Graves as Director of University Relations. Graves will be responsible for developing and implementing internal and external communications strategies, advancing public awareness and brand engagement with Walsh audiences locally, regionally and beyond, and she will serve as the primary publication writer and media relations contact.  She will also work closely with Vice President for Marketing Communications and Chief Public Affairs Officer Teresa Fox to meet the strategic goals of the university and marketing department.

“Kim brings a wealth of communications knowledge to Walsh,” said Fox.  “We are excited to have her join our high-performing team, to leverage the brand recognition we are gaining nationally, and to share the many great news stories coming out of this university.”

Graves received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Kent State University, where she was an Honors College Scholar.  While at Kent State, Graves produced and anchored the evening news at the student-run television station, TV-2, and she was a beat reporter for the Daily Kent Stater newspaper.  During her senior year, she began her professional career as a news producer and journalist at WKYC-TV.  For more than six years, she covered stories ranging from the Northeast blackout of 2003 to the presidential campaign of 2004 and numerous state and local headlines.

Most recently, Graves worked for Girl Scouts of the USA, the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, as a communications and training consultant.  In that role, she helped implement and train 6,000 council employees to use a new multi-platform technology system integrated with Salesforce.  Prior to that she spent more than 12 years developing and executing marketing strategies for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, a local council.  As a department director, she supervised a team of marketing, communications, and recruitment staff; she oversaw and contributed to the creation of council-wide marketing campaigns and strategies; and she served as a media contact and spokesperson for the council.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to make significant contributions as a member of the marketing team at Walsh,” said Graves.  “I look forward to building relationships with our valued campus partners, students and alumni to advance the university’s brand and mission in impactful ways.”