The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith has hired Bill Wagnon as marketing and communications director, effective June 2.
Wagnon is now the the dean of admissions and enrollment management at the University of West Alabama, a position he has held since July 2013. Previously, he worked as the director of marketing and communications for online programs at UWA.
His background includes nearly 30 years of experience in higher education, including work as the vice president for communications at Birmingham-Southern College and associate director of university relations at Mississippi State University.
Wagnon said he is honored and humbled to join UAFS “at such an exciting time in its long and rich history.”
“The future of UAFS is extremely bright, and I look forward with great enthusiasm to working together with a tremendous community of students, faculty, staff and alumni to ensure the University achieves its vision of being a premier regional institution of higher learning,” he said.
Wagnon holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from Auburn University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Mississippi State University.
As marketing and communications director, Wagnon will oversee the marketing efforts of the university and direct a staff of 10 employees, including graphic artists and designers, an editor, a photographer, student assistants and interns. He reports to Dr. Mary Lackie, vice chancellor for university advancement.