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Memphis colleges communications chief departs submit for St. Jude

Jerica Phillips, Memphis-Shelby County Faculties’ chief of communications, will depart her place at Tennessee’s largest college district on the finish of the month.

In a Friday information launch, Superintendent Joris Ray introduced Phillips not too long ago accepted a place at ALSAC, the fundraising and consciousness group for St. Jude Kids’s Analysis Hospital, the place she is going to lead areas of media relations and strategic communication.

Phillips is the third member of Ray’s cupboard to depart this college 12 months. In September, Chief of Faculties Antonio Burt left the district to change into the pinnacle of KIPP Memphis Public Faculties, a community of 5 constitution colleges within the metropolis. And Gerald Darling, the district’s chief of security and safety, introduced his retirement in January.

Ray didn’t identify a brief or everlasting successor for Phillips on Friday, however he lauded Phillips’ development as a “key chief” of his cupboard since he turned superintendent. After a profession in journalism, Phillips joined the district because the deputy chief of communications in 2019, in response to her LinkedIn profile, and he or she assumed the highest communications function a 12 months later.

Within the information launch, Ray highlighted a number of of Phillips’ accomplishments within the function, from her function in pressing communication and storytelling by the pandemic and her enter in creating the district’s “Reimagining 901” strategic plan, to the district’s latest rebrand and her management in a restructure of the district’s communications workplace.

“We admire and can sincerely miss her fervor for storytelling and talent to authentically affect others to motion,” Ray stated within the launch. “We’re happy that she is going to stay locally, keep it up her advocacy for youngsters, and proceed her parental involvement in colleges.”

Phillips’ final day on the district is Could 27.

Samantha West is a reporter for Chalkbeat Tennessee, the place she covers Okay-12 schooling in Memphis. Join with Samantha at swest@chalkbeat.org.

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