Buffy Lockette has actually been named JSUs new Director of Public Relations, presuming the function formerly held by Patty Hobbs who retired in June. Lockette brings with her 14 years of higher education experience, working in public relations at both the University of Florida and Auburn University at Montgomery. A previous JSU student, she was once a student employee in the office she now leads.
It was as a student personnel author for the JSU news bureau back in the late 1990s that I initially ended up being thinking about working in public relations, particularly academic communications, Lockette said. My entire profession I have wanted to one day return home to JSU and I am very grateful to be provided my dream job.
Lockette is a nativehails Ohatchee, where she finished from Ohatchee Secondary school in 1996. She attended JSU part-time from 1996 to 2000 as a communications significant, functioning as handling editor of The Chanticleer and a video jockey for WLJS-92J. After interning for the Birmingham Post-Herald and nearly completing her significant course of study at JSU, she married JSU alumnus Tim Lockette (BA, English, 1998) and relocated to Gainesville, Fla., where she finished her bachelors degree at the University of Florida.
At UF, Lockette acted as the representative and editor of publications for the universitys biggest system, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 2008, the household relocated to Montgomery, where Lockette was Manager of External Communications for Auburn University at Montgomery up until accepting the position at JSU. Her extra greatercollege experience consists of functioning as a judging chair for the Council for the Development and Support of Education (CASE) annual communications awards.
Earlier this year, Lockette was granted nationwide Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). She is presently completing a Master of Liberal Arts degree at AUM, focusing in communications. She has served on the board of the Public Relations Council of Alabamas Montgomery chapter for the previous three years. In the community, she takes pleasure in working as the communications chair for the Pals of the Alabama Governors Mansion.