The RW Jones Agency is pleased to announce that Jamal Watson, Ph.D., will be joining the strategic communications firm as a Vice President. Watson, the long-time executive editor of Diverse Issues In Higher Education, will focus on opening and growing a presence for the agency in Washington, D.C.

“We’re thrilled to have Jamal as a thought partner and part of our team,” said Sean Rossall, CEO & Managing Partner of the RW Jones Agency. “We’ve been consistently impressed with the ways in which he’s helped Diverse grow and the thoughtful conversations he’s covered and convened on the most essential issues facing higher education.”

Watson joined Black Issues In Higher Education in 2005 as a staff writer. He eventually rose to become executive editor and helped to shift the publication to broaden its focus, including changing its name to Diverse Issues In Higher Education. Under his watch, Diverse has grown to a staff of two dozen and has become a go-to trade publication for academe.

“For years, our firm has had the opportunity to work with Jamal as a reporter and editor,” said Scott Willyerd, President & Managing Partner of the RW Jones Agency. “His strategic outlook and skills as a reporter will only strengthen the expert counsel and high-touch engagement that are hallmarks of our work with clients.”

For more than 30-years, the RW Jones Agency has been one of the nation’s most successful and sought-after strategic communications firms focused exclusively on the needs of education clients. Providing clients high-touch strategic counsel, impactful proactive communications strategy and unmatched issues management counsel, the RW Jones Agency is engaged with clients on the most important conversations shaping the narrative of our collective society.

“The RW Jones Agency is the gold standard when it comes to strategic communications firm in the education space,” said Watson. “In the RW Jones Agency you’ve got a team that really gets it. The firm has always been at the forefront of communicating and supporting conversations on meaningful issues—and I’m excited to support this work.”

Watson will officially join the firm on June 10, 2019. As a Vice President of the RW Jones Agency, Watson will open a Washington, D.C. office for the firm. He will work directly as a senior counselor to agency clients, as well as identifying new growth opportunities for the firm. 

Watson holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Theology from Georgetown University, a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Afro-American Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has held faculty teaching positions and is the author of a forthcoming biography on civil rights activist and MSNBC talk show host, the Reverend Al Sharpton. 


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