By: Jazmin Goodwin, Editor-In-Chief (@TheLyricalJAZ)
Alonda Thomas, former senior public relations manager at TV One, has been newly appointed to the role of Director of Public Relations. Prior to her appointment, the role was vacant, dating back to October 2017. The announcement came Monday, Jan. 29, in a press release sent by Howard University Communications. According to the statement, Thomas’ new role will include development and management of communications and media relation strategies designed to enhance the university’s reputation and visibility internationally.
The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) alum brings to the role experience ranging from strategic planning to media relations. Prior to her role at TV One, she served as director of media relations and interim chief communications officer at FAMU and a publicity consultant for Liquid Soul, an Atlanta-based sports marketing and entertainment company. Crystal Brown, vice president of communications, stated in the release, “her depth and expertise in higher education communications will be invaluable as we manage reputation and move the university forward.”
Thomas was recently named one of Huffington Post’s “Top 25 African American PR Millennials to Watch.” In response to the news of her appointment, Thomas said she looks forward to sharing Howard’s accomplishments with the world.
“I am most looking forward to shining a spotlight on our exemplary students, faculty experts and unique programs that set Howard apart from other institutions. Sometimes students and faculty get so caught up in doing the work that they don’t get a chance to toot their own horns. I am officially here to be the music conductor to sound the chorus!” Thomas said.