Karen Jans named university relations VP at Embry-Riddle
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
November 1, 2011
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is pleased to announce the selection of Karen Jans as Associate Vice President for University Relations.
In her new role, which she will assume on Nov. 4, Jans will manage the university’s relationships with the Daytona Beach community, civic and government organizations, nonprofit agencies, corporations, and individuals in order to increase Embry-Riddle’s visibility and influence for the betterment of the community and the university; she will work with other Embry-Riddle departments to coordinate and publicize major events that fall within those areas. Additionally, she will seek opportunities to elevate the university’s presence and recognition as a preferred resource for aviation and aerospace higher education and research.
“Karen is very well known in our community,” said Dr. John P. Johnson, Embry-Riddle president. “She has considerable experience in developing the kinds of relationships that will serve our interests and strengthen our ties with our colleagues in government and industry. Karen will be a wonderful ambassador for the university.”
Jans is currently the Assistant Vice President of Community Relations at the University of Central Florida; in a previous position with UCF she was the Associate Director of University Relations/Public Affairs.
Prior to joining UCF, she was a Public Information Officer at Isothermal Community College, Creative Director at Winthrop University, and an Account Executive at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal and the Anderson Independent-Mail. She also owned Creative Resources, a consulting business in public relations, leadership development, organizational culture change, and employee development to business, industry, and nonprofit organizations.
Jans is an active member of the community, serving on the boards of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, ISB Coalition (chair), Team Volusia Economic Development Council, and Volusia County Tiger Bay.
She holds a B.S. in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida.