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School of Communications Announces New Advisory Board Members

The Webster University School of Communications is announcing its 2013-2014 Advisory Board. The School of Communications looks to its Advisory Board for both professional expertise and program support. The board is comprised of media professionals and corporate executives and meets twice a year.

Its members offer guidance and support based on their years of media industry experience.

School of Communications Advisory Board Members:

  • Rob DesHotel (Webster BA, '88), television writer/producer, Los Angeles
  • Clifford Franklin, CEO, Fuse Advertising, St. Louis
  • Dave Garino, senior consultant, FleishmanHillard, St. Louis
  • Seth Geiger, Ph.D., president and founder, SmithGeiger LLC, Strategic Market Research and Consulting, Los Angeles and New York
  • Amanda Gioia (Webster MA, '97), senior business leader, Mastercard, St. Louis
  • Ralph W. Kalish, Jr., partner, Husch Blackwell LLP, Intellectual Property and Mediation, St. Louis
  • Jeff Keane, founder and CEO, Coolfire Media, St. Louis
  • Todd R. Kohlbecker, CCIM, (Webster MA, '93), VP Corporate Real Estate, Brown Shoe Company, St. Louis
  • Edward (Ted) Koplar, president and CEO, Koplar Communications International, St. Louis
  • Amy Shaw, senior vice president of Community engagement, Nine Network of Public Media, St. Louis
  • Nancy F. Wilson, Ph.D. (Webster BA, '89), adjunct faculty, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Master of Communication Management Program, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

The Board members will gather in St. Louis for their first official meeting in November.

The Webster University School of Communications prepares students in three academic departments to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communication. The School provides a hands-on approach to learning that is grounded in the University's liberal arts foundation and commitment to global education. Sixteen undergraduate degree programs, five graduate degree programs, 13 minors, and 14 certificates cover the wide array of communication specialties. They are taught by faculty who are theorists, artists, and practitioners. Students work with professional-grade media equipment, take courses at Webster's U.S., European and Asian campuses, participate in robust field experiences and internships, and, along with faculty and alumni, are frequently recognized for their academic and professional accomplishments.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University ( is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit US-based university providing a network of international residential campuses. Founded in 1915, Webster University's campus network today includes metropolitan, military, online and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.