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Two Join New Division in School of Continuing Studies

Amy Kovac-Ashley

Amy Kovac-Ashley

March 27, 2012 – Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies (SCS) has filled two new leadership positions in its newly restructured Division of Professional Communication.

Amy Kovac-Ashley, one of two new assistant deans, will focus on industry partnerships, career opportunities and curriculum development for the Master of Professional Studies in Journalism Program. Brandon Rhodes, who started in late fall, is responsible for faculty relations and managing academic administration for the division.

“We will continue to focus on the overarching strategy and management of both programs and our Center for Social Impact Communication,” says Denise Keyes, the new division’s senior associate dean.

SCS Dean Robert Manuel appointed Keyes to her post before the 2011-2012 academic year. She leads the new communications division, which houses two masters’ programs, one in journalism and the other in public relations and corporate communications.

Denise Keyes

Denise Keyes

“My intention for the journalism program is to continue to create a professional educational experience for our students that reflects the latest industry trends, combined with a commitment to journalistic values,” says Keyes, formerly associate dean of the public relations and corporate communications program.

Kovac-Ashley comes to Georgetown after more than a decade as a journalist, working in print and online media. She was a regional editor for the past two years at, where she helped launch the Washington, D.C.-and Baltimore-area Patch sites.

She also has worked for The Washington Post, Foreign Policy magazine, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and other print publications.

Kovac-Ashley holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia and a master's degree in Russian and East European studies and bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University.

Rhodes has more than 12 years of experience in communications, graphic design and project management. Before joining the SCS team, he spent more than three years at The George Washington University’s development and alumni relations division as a communications director and served as the division’s liaison to the president’s office.

The former award-winning journalist also has worked as an editor for The Post Register in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He earned his master’s degree in strategic public relations from George Washington and a bachelor’s in journalism and organizational communication from Idaho State University.

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