Brown named College of Arts and Sciences’ new assistant dean for communication and media

Karyn Brown

Karyn Brown

Karyn Brown, a longtime Mississippi State instructor and communicator with 30-plus years of experience in broadcasting and public relations, is now the College of Arts and Sciences’ assistant dean for communication and media.

In the newly created position, Brown will continue promoting the college while coordinating with the Office of Public Affairs to share MSU’s story with audiences across the Magnolia State, Southeast, the nation and beyond. Specifically, she serves on the MSU Brand Education Steering Committee, a select group educating MSU staff on how to best implement the university’s brand identity in public-facing communication, and will continue providing leadership within the professional development committee.

“Her contributions over the last several years and her leadership are invaluable to the college, and she is certainly worthy of this promotion,” said CAS Dean Rick Travis.

A 2015 Grisham Master Teacher, Brown has taught a variety of broadcasting, communication and public relations classes in the Department of Communication since 1993 and previously served as coordinator for both the broadcasting and public relations concentrations, and internship. In her first professional jobs, she was a reporter and producer for KWQC-TV in Davenport, Iowa, served as the executive director and spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving-North Carolina, and worked at the public relations firm Mediacall Services in Macomb, Illinois. She also worked as a reporter, producer and anchor for WCBI-TV in Columbus.

In 2014, Brown joined the CAS as director of communication while continuing her teaching responsibilities.

“I’m honored to work alongside some of the greatest faculty, staff and students at MSU,” she said. “I look forward to continuing my work promoting their efforts and developing new ways to share their work with others. I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve in this capacity.”

MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences includes more than 5,000 students, 300 full-time faculty members, nine doctoral programs and 25 academic majors offered in 14 departments. Complete details about the College of Arts and Sciences are available at

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