Jolls to Serve as Chief Communications and Community Relations Officer

Posted on 06/06/2022
Jennifer Jolls

The Francis Howell Board of Education unanimously approved the promotion of Jennifer Jolls to Chief Communications and Community Relations Officer. Having this key leadership position serve on the District’s executive cabinet is vital to the success of the Francis Howell School District moving forward.

“Stakeholder feedback we have received over the last year has indicated a need for more communication, increased transparency, and engagement of stakeholders in key decisions that impact the District,” said Board of Education President Mary Lange. “Jennifer’s commitment to Francis Howell as an employee, parent and volunteer will serve her well in this role as she guides the strategic communication and engagement plan for the District.” 

There has not been a communications-focused role on the District’s executive cabinet for the last two years.

 “Communications needs a seat at the table when we are considering important decisions that impact our community,” said Dr. Kenneth Roumpos, who will serve as Interim Superintendent next school year. “Jennifer has the experience and commitment necessary to help us engage the community around difficult topics, rebuild trust with stakeholders, and find common ground.”        

In addition to overseeing internal and external communications, Jolls will support some of the responsibilities currently assigned to the deputy superintendent – a role that will remain vacant for the 2022-2023 school year – and provide an important voice in District-level decision-making. She will assume a leadership role in the District’s strategic plan work and community engagement activities, including a series of roundtable discussions that invite citizens to come together and problem-solve around relevant and timely topics.

Jolls joined FHSD in July 2020 as director of communications and will begin her new role on July 1. The director position will not be filled but the District will support the work of the department by filling a position that was previously left vacant. The communications department supports 23 schools and helps to keep the District’s 2,300 staff members and 17,000 students and their families informed, engaged and connected.

Prior to Francis Howell, Jolls worked in a chief-level role for a large real estate investment firm, leading marketing efforts as well as internal and external communications. She also served as vice president at Antioch College and executive director for strategic initiatives at the University of Dayton. She holds a master’s degree in educational administration from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from University of Central Missouri.

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