Kathy Gardner-Jones

Presidential Communications


Office: Osborne Administration Building

Kathy Gardner-Jones joined the University of South Carolina in 2012 and serves as an integral part of the communications team. She works closely with President Pastides to provide research and writing support for key speeches as well as written and oral messaging strategies to advance and strengthen the university’s state, national and global mission.

Kathy began her career in Washington, D.C. where she worked at Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) headquarters. Here, she honed her communication skills in public information, marketing and advertising. Kathy was recruited to South Carolina ETV in 1988 where she held the position of vice president of communications, overseeing a staff of 30. At SCETV her responsibilities included all aspects of institutional, national and local promotion. Her creative efforts garnered numerous advertising and marketing recognitions including five Addy awards.

From public broadcasting Kathy moved to the South Carolina Department of Education where her responsibilities included oversight of national and statewide award recognition programs such as the prestigious Los Angeles-based Milken Family Foundation award program and the South Carolina Teacher of the Year.

A native of Los Angeles, Kathy holds a B.A. in English from San Diego State University and studied abroad in London. She is an alumna of the South Carolina Executive Institute where she co-authored a case study on censorship issues that was accepted and taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

She still dreams of becoming a folk singer.