Spelman Johnson Recruits Chief Marketing and Communication Officer for Texas Tech

November 15, 2019 – Executive recruitment firm Spelman Johnson has placed Matthew Granger Dewey as Texas Tech University’s new chief marketing and communication officer. Search associate Michel Frendian led the assignment.

Mr. Dewey had been senior executive director of marketing and communications for the Office of University Advancement at the University of Michigan. He will lead Texas Tech’s overall marketing, communications, research-based messaging and branding activity.

“Matt Dewey has an impressive record in building marketing and communication programs around strategic campaigns and initiatives at some of the nation’s top institutions, including a successful multibillion-dollar fundraising effort at the University of Michigan,” said president Lawrence Schovanec. “Texas Tech University is an institution with a positive trajectory and a great story to tell. I look forward to working alongside Matt as we continue to advance the university’s brand in our state, nationally and globally.”

Mr. Dewey brings 18 years of experience in marketing, communications and public relations in higher education, health care, government and consulting, including 12 years as a senior marketing, communications and public relations leader in large, complex, non-profit organizations.

A Thorough Search

“I’m thrilled to join Texas Tech University at such an exciting time of growth and upward momentum,” Mr. Dewey said. “I look forward to leading an inclusive, collaborative effort as we refine our brand strategy and grow our marketing and engagement efforts within Texas and around the world.”

Mr. Dewey was chosen after extensive interviews with numerous candidates, led by an internal search committee headed by Jamie Hansard, senior vice president for enrollment management at Texas Tech, and Mr. Frendian.

“I would like to thank and commend search committee chair Jamie Hansard, members of the search committee and Michel Frendian with Spelman Johnson for their thorough and diligent review of the candidates during this process,” Dr. Schovanec said.

In his time at Michigan, Mr. Dewey helped oversee the completion of a $5-billion, comprehensive capital campaign, leading the strategy, planning and coordination of activities for more than two dozen university-wide events, robust marketing activities around the world, a comprehensive media and public relations strategy, plus print and digital communications.

As the Office of Development’s chief communication and marketing officer, Mr. Dewey served as a strategic communications adviser to several university executives and officers. He helped lead a collaborative, university-wide digital donor experience strategy focused on meeting the needs of the university’s constituents.

Finding Leaders

Prior to his time at Michigan, Mr. Dewey served two years as associate vice president for marketing and communications in the department of university relations at Santa Clara University in California. There, he led collaborative efforts university wide for Santa Clara’s 2020 strategic plan and upcoming comprehensive $1-billion capital campaign.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Mr. Dewey also served four years as the senior director of marketing and communications at the University of Illinois-Champaign’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement, where he contributed to the development and implementation of strategic plans for advancement initiatives.

Before entering the academic world, Mr. Dewey was manager of interactive marketing and communications for the Carle Foundation, Carle Foundation Hospital, Carle Clinic Association and Health Alliance Medical Plans in Urbana, IL. He also has served as director of internet services for Area-Wide Technologies in Champaign, IL, and as a web developer and communications specialist for the Village of Rantoul, IL.

Spelman Johnson is based in Easthampton, MA. Established in 1991, the search firm has helped hundreds of academic institutions identify professionals, pairing leaders with positions across all facets of colleges and universities. Other searches that the firm is conducting include: vice president for global diversity and inclusion at Portland State University, director of human resources at Stephen F. Austin State University and chiefs of police for George Washington University and the University of Utah, among other assignments.

Mr. Frendian joined Spelman Johnson after serving as dean of enrollment management at Erikson Institute in Chicago, preceded by two years in the director position. He has over 30 years of experience in higher education leadership, including roles as vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at San Francisco Art Institute, director of international affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and residential life positions at DePaul University, Elmhurst College and Occidental College.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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