NABJ Congratulates Member Elise Durham on New Role as Assistant VP of Communications at FAMU
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 20, 2015) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates member Elise Durham on her appointment as assistant vice president of Communications, Media Relations, and Marketing at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).
Durham, a 1991 graduate of FAMU, joins the university from Morehouse College, where she is currently the acting Director of Strategic Communications. She has been the school’s Media Relations Manager since 2001.
“Elise is a skilled communications and media professional who has excelled at advising leaders and institutions on strategic communications, media relations, crisis communications, and event planning,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “I have no doubt that she will prove an asset to her alma mater by leading critical efforts to support a legendary institution that has contributed so much to her own growth and development as a professional and as a person.”
“We are delighted to have someone with the dedication, commitment, and experience of Ms. Durham joining our team,” said Jimmy Miller, FAMU Vice President of Communications and External Relations in announcing her appointment. “Dozens of highly qualified candidates applied for the position, but she stood out because of her passion and love for FAMU and its 128-year legacy of providing access to an affordable, first-rate education.”
While at Morehouse, Ms. Durham oversaw coordination of President Barack Obama’s 2013 visit to Morehouse to deliver the school's commencement address, created and managed an integrated marketing campaign during the unveiling of the MLK Monument in Washington, D.C., co-created the campaign for “Sons of Oprah,” developed around The Oprah Winfrey Show finale, and created the media campaign for the college's $105 million capital campaign.
Prior to her career in communications and marketing, she was an accomplished television news producer having been a senior producer at WSB-TV, the powerhouse ABC affiliate in Atlanta, produced at KPRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Houston, and also produced “Good Day Atlanta” at WAGA-TV, the FOX affiliate also in Atlanta. Durham is the recipient of two Emmy Awards and a number of other honors.
A committed long-time member of NABJ, Durham served as Program Chair and Convention Chair for two consecutive national conventions in Tampa, Florida, and San Diego, California, where she earned rave reviews for her skill in planning and executing events.
NABJ congratulates both FAMU and Ms. Durham on this appointment and we wish her much success in her new role.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.