President names vice president for communication

Photo of Jana RuckerJune 1, 2016

University President Bruce McLarty announced Florida marketing executive Jana Rucker will become the school’s vice president for communication, a newly created position on the president’s cabinet. Rucker will assume the post August 1.

Rucker is currently the senior director of global brand and marketing for Satcom Direct, a global connectivity provider with international headquarters in Melbourne, Florida. Satcom Direct provides worldwide communications services and technology to business and general aviation, military, government, emergency response, and media organizations.

“Jana Rucker brings to this position wonderful skill sets in communications that have been developed at some of the most cutting-edge technology companies in the world,” said McLarty. “She has extensive experience in public relations, marketing, branding and administration.”

Rucker has held various senior leadership roles in marketing in the insurance industry with companies such as Willis North America and Crump Group, Inc. Prior to those positions she spent several years in marketing leadership at Sprint and AT&T.

She is a 1988 graduate of Oklahoma Christian University with a degree in marketing. Rucker also attended the executive leadership school at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Rucker will succeed David Crouch, director of public relations, who retired at the end of March. Crouch was a University employee for 46 years.

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