Jenkins Retiring After 26 Years | Webster University

Jenkins Retiring After 26 Years

ST. LOUIS (October 11, 2017) – After 26 years of service, Professor Kit Jenkins is retiring from Webster University. She will work through December 2017. Her farewell/retirement reception is being held Thursday, October 12 in the east lobby of the Sverdrup building from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Kit Jenkins in classroom"Kit Jenkins came to Webster to teach Public Relations and continued to develop the Public Relations curriculum during the early years it was offered as a major,” said Gary Ford. She joined Webster University after working at Maritz Motivation as creative supervisor for major accounts including AT&T, FedEx, and Ralston Purina and at AT&T as the internal communication manager for a five-state region.

Throughout her career at Webster, Professor Jenkins has been particularly focused on internationalizing the curriculum. This has led to her involvement in projects such as the United Nations Council on Trade and Development Communications Department in Geneva, Switzerland; the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Brussels Expert Forum; the European Communications Group Advertising Agency in Brussels, Belgium; the UN conference on Women in Beijing China; and the non-governmental organization (NGO) Forum on Women in Huairo, China.

She also traveled to Jamaica, South Africa, and Malaysia as the recipient of a faculty research grant.

Professor Jenkins served as the director of the University's campus in Thailand from 2003 to 2006. School of Communications Dean Eric Rothenbuhler said, “Kit has had a remarkable career here, making many contributions to the School of Communications and to Webster University. She has had a special interest in international education, serving as the director of our Thailand campus, of course, and since returning to Saint Louis working on many international projects. She has been instrumental in using telecommunications to provide our students international collaborative experiences in courses we teach on campuses around the world."

Rothenbuhler continued, “I am especially grateful for Kit’s service as Associate Dean my first two years here, when I was most in need of advice and assistance. She stepped forward immediately offering to help and she and I quickly grew into a collaborative team.” 

“Kit is smart, diligent, and kind; she is a generous soul and a good friend.  Any day working with Kit is a better day.”

Staff member Judy Connolly shared similar sentiments when she said, “I like working with Kit. She’s very down to earth and has a generous nature. She’s very heavily invested in us, in the School, in the students. She wants everyone to reach their full potential.”

Kit at table with three womenCurrent chair of the Department of Communications and Journalism Gary Ford called Jenkins “an excellent teacher.” He noted that her students praise her ability to keep classes interesting.

Ford also referred to Jenkins as “an innovator,” explaining “when the school began developing online courses, she fearlessly jumped in to master new technology and teaching techniques. She has continued to innovate through hybrid courses and techniques to link students in St. Louis and Europe through technology. Kit has been a valuable, resourceful and dependable part of our department and school during her distinguished career here. We will miss her."

Long-serving former chair of the Department of Communications and Journalism Joe Schuster offered his thoughts. He said, “During my years as department chair, and even beyond that, Kit Jenkins always impressed me with her enthusiastic willingness to do whatever the school needed to serve its students because I believe she has always been, first and foremost, as student-centered as anyone could be. She experimented in the classroom with so many interesting ways to engage her students, had the highest of standards because she knew that her job was to push her students to become as good as they possibly could but she was also willing to work patiently with those who struggled. The department, the school and the university has been a better place for what she has contributed.”

Kit Jenkins represented the School of Communications on numerous task forces and committees throughout her tenure. She was also actively involved in professional associations in which she represented her profession, the School of Communications and Webster University. She is married and lives in South St. Louis with her husband and two cats. Mother of two daughters, she is the proud grandmother of two perfect granddaughters.

Please join the School of Communications faculty and staff as we honor her on Thurs., October 12 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the east lobby of the Sverdrup building.

About the School of Communications
The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Sixteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level as well as six master’s degrees in diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, Leiden, Thailand, and Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online.

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With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University ( comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.