Dr. Kim Garris is the Chief External Relations Officer at Shippensburg University. She oversees the University’s Office of Communications and Marketing, Web and Broadcasting Services, Alumni Relations and the Lurhs Performing Arts Center. She directs all messages and communications of the university, acts as the university representative for community and industry partners and serves as the university’s principal spokesperson.

Dr. Garris brings extensive commercial media experience to the position including time in front of the camera and in telling stories for television for numerous broadcast organizations. She’s worked for television affiliates for the big 3 networks, the Sci-Fi Channel and a large cable network in New England.

Most recently, Dr. Garris served as department chair and broadcast journalism faculty member of the AEJMC accredited Communication/Journalism Department. So, she brings a unique perspective to her administrative position since she was an educator on the front lines with students for over a decade. There she also advised the Emmy award winning student-run campus television station, SUTV.

Kim earned her Ph.D. from the College of Communications at The Pennsylvania State University. Kim has a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University, and a B.A. in mass communications from Jacksonville State University in Alabama.