The College Relations Department is the internal and external marketing and communications arm of the college.† The department regularly interacts with the media, distributing news releases, and coordinating and planning the college's marketing efforts.
In tandem with the Information Technology department, the staff helps maintain the information on the college website as well as various social media outlets.
The Highlander, the official college magazine featuring news of the college, spotlights on faculty, alumni and students is produced by the staff three times per year.
College Relations plays a crucial role in informing the college community about weather events, school closings and other emergencies.† It works closely with the presidentís office, Campus Safety and other officials to distribute accurate news quickly.
To report news or make inquiries, call Sheila Jones, director, at 706-295-6366 or 229-942-0611.
Meet the College Relations staff:
Sheila Averett Jones, Director of College Relations
Sheila began her duties as Director of College Relations at GHC in April 2014. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts/Advertising Design and a Master's Degree in Marketing Administration, she brings with her an extensive and diverse background in marketing, advertising, and graphic design. Prior to coming to GHC, she served as the Executive Director of the Perry Area Convention and Visitors Bureau in Perry, Georgia for over 9 years where she lead the marketing, convention recruitment and tourism promotional efforts for the community. While in that position she held numerous leadership positions and won the regional tourism award for best new community marketing campaign, and received the Chamber of Commerce's highest honor for outstanding contributions to the community. Prior to that, she spent about 10 years in higher education at both Georgia Southwestern State University and Daytona Beach Community College serving in various roles such as Publications Coordinator, Director of Graphic Design, Director of Campus Life, Orientation Coordinator, and Assistant Director of Admissions. Earlier career positions include a background in newspapers, visual merchandising, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Sheila and her husband Stephen also own and operate a creative services firm that provides professional creative services such as publications design, marketing consulting, and commercial photography. The Joneses and their two young children reside in Rome.
Phone: 706.295.6366 (office) / 229.942.0611 (cell)
Ken Davis, Publications Editor
Ken Davis, a native Georgian, has more than 30 years of experience in graphic design and printing. His background includes 17 years at Rome Plow Company as director of sales promotion, where he managed advertising and promotion for domestic and international sales and managed the in-house print shop. In 1993 he opened a commercial printing company, Valley Printing and Graphics in Cedartown. That same year he became a freelance editorial cartoonist. His cartoons appeared weekly in the Cedartown Standard, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the San Jose Business Chronicle. In 1998 he won first place in the Georgia Press Associationís Better Newspaper Contest for his editorial cartoons. He is a graduate of Coosa Valley Technical College (now Georgia Northwestern) in Rome. He joined the staff at GHC as publications editor in 2003.
Office phone: 706.295.6784