Kathy Gardner-Jones

Interim Director of Strategic and Presidential Communications


Office: War Memorial

Kathy Gardner-Jones joined the University of South Carolina in 2012 as the interim director of strategic and presidential communications and serves as an integral part of the communications team. Under the direction of the vice president, Kathy develops speeches for the president as well as written and oral messaging strategies that advance the university's mission and contribute to the state, national and global discourse on higher education.

Kathy began her career in communications at the Public Broadcasting Service in Washington, D.C. , where she worked in public information, marketing and advertising. She was recruited to South Carolina ETV in 1988, where she served as a vice president overseeing all aspects of institutional, national and local promotion. She is the recipient of five Addy Awards.

A native of Los Angeles, Kathy holds a B.A. in English from San Diego State University.