University Communications Staff

J. Todd Bennett, Vice President for Marketing & Communications

J. Todd Bennett – Vice President for Marketing & Communications – Oglethorpe University | LinkedIn

I am a multi-disciplined communicator, creative problem solver, strategist, leader and teacher. I take complex concepts and make them easy to understand. Whether I’m conducting research and developing strategies, simplifying complicated processes or clarifying messages, I work to build bridges between people at all levels of an organization to help lead them to a successful outcome.

Renee Vary Keele, Senior Director, University Communications

Renee Vary Keele – Senior Director, University Communications – Oglethorpe University | LinkedIn

View Renee Vary Keele’s profile on LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional community. Renee has 5 jobs listed on their profile. See the complete profile on LinkedIn and discover Renee’s connections and jobs at similar companies.

David G. Allen, Associate Director, University Communications

David Allen – Associate Director for University Communications – Oglethorpe University | LinkedIn

Experienced communications professional with a history of working in the public sector in higher education and state government. Skilled in social media, public relations, media relations, broadcasting, web content management and blogging. Graduated from the University of Georgia (BA – Journalism).

Grant Utter, Digital Content Creator

Grant Utter – Product Information Analyst – Halyard Health | LinkedIn

University of Georgia graduate with a degree in Entertainment and Media studies and several years of multimedia job experience. Skilled in media planning, production and execution including analytics and SEO. Seeking employment in a creative, fast-paced environment.

For Athletics communication and media, please visit our athletics website or contact Nick Irwin, Oglethorpe’s Sports Information Director.

 Student Staff



Pegasus Creative, Oglethorpe’s student communications agency, is run by University Communications. Student work is chosen carefully to meet the needs of the department while supporting campus-wide initiatives. All work is closely supervised by University Communications staff.

Visit the Pegasus Creative website to learn more about the current team and their work!


Awards & Recognition

Oglethorpe communications earns two awards
Oglethorpe prospective student communications and advertising was awarded two 2018 Educational Advertising Awards, a national competition recognizing the field of educational marketing and advertising. Earning awards were the Oglethorpe University Viewbook, a Merit Award in Student Viewbook, and This is Your Story, a Bronze Award in Search Pieces.[…]


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Oglethorpe picks up two Collegiate Advertising Awards
In February 2018, Oglethorpe’s University Communications department received two honors from the Collegiate Advertising Awards, an elite program recognizing higher education organizations for excellence in communications, marketing, advertising and promotions of their schools.[…]


Oglethorpe captures 6 awards for communications
Oglethorpe’s University Communications was awarded six 2017 MarCom Awards, recognizing creative work that achieves a high level of excellence and sets a benchmark for other industries in the field.[…]


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Oglethorpe’s A_LAB’s Branding & Marketing Wins Gold  Branding and marketing designs for the Atlanta Laboratory for Learning (A_LAB) were honored with two awards in the 2015 University and College Design Competition: the overall A_LAB brand identity program won a Gold Award, one of the top honors in only seven categories, and the A_LAB admission brochure, distributed to prospective students, was individually recognized with an Award for Excellence in the recruitment category.[…]



Oglethorpe Wins Top Communications Marketing Awards In February 2014, Oglethorpe’s University Communications Department was recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with two top awards for best practices in external relations and graphic design. Oglethorpe competed against colleges of various sizes across the country.[…]

Oglethorpe Wins Four Marcom Awards for Communications Oglethorpe’s University Communications received top honors recently, winning four 2013 MarCom Awards, which recognize creative work that achieves a high level of excellence and sets a benchmark for other industries in the field.[…]
OU’s Carillon Magazine Takes Home Three Industry Awards Oglethorpe University’s magazine, the Carillon, was recognized three times for publications excellence at the 2011 annual conference of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in New Orleans. Competing in a pool of almost 1000 applicants, the alumni magazine earned the CASE Special Merit distinction in each category for which it was nominated.[…][