Judy Lunsford, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, has had an extensive career in public relations and marketing in corporate, governmental and educational settings. She spent a total of 16 years at Mercer University, where she served as associate vice president of University Relations and Marketing from 1980 to 1988 and from 2000 to 2008. She directed a staff of writers and designers, working with all of the university’s 11 schools and colleges and other units and partnerships. Her responsibilities included media relations, university publications, advertising, web site design and content, photography, crisis communications and marketing.
A graduate of Mississippi University for Women, she has received awards in news and feature writing, photography, and publication design. While directing the community relations activities for the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, a system of 42-libraries serving almost a million Fulton County residents, from 1988 to 2000, she developed and implemented three major public relations campaigns that won the prestigious John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award, presented by the American Library Association and the H.W. Wilson Company.