David Muha, Chief Communications Officer and Executive Director of Marketing and Director of Media Relations, is leaving Drew University for The College of New Jersey. Muha has worked at Drew for seven years and was the driving force behind the “Full Impact Learning” marketing approach Drew adopted this past year.
Muha is leaving Drew for a variety of professional and personal reasons. He explained, “The opportunity presented itself, and it’s a great school. After being at Drew for seven years, it’s time for new challenges. On a personal note, my family lives in southern New Jersey, and this is a chance to relocate and be closer to them.”
Muha put his time at Drew to good use and is most proud of the “Full Impact Learning,” which was created to give the college an identity and is now the center of Drew’s marketing. The “Full Impact Learning” idea was introduced to capture the spirit of a Drew education and help give potential students an idea of what it can do for them. Muha commented, “It was gratifying the idea received the support of the faculty and college and was done with the broad community. And I’m really proud of the members of the department and how they worked together.”
As the head of the department, Muha worked to get the team to collaborate and combine their talents. The department’s work paid off when, over the summer, the newly redesigned website took home the top honors from Council for Advancement and Support of Education Circle of Excellence awards. The Drew website won the silver award, beating out Indiana University and University of Notre Dame. Muha hopes that whoever takes over his position continues to implement “Full Impact Learning” around the campus.
The search for Muha’s replacement is being headed by Vice President of University Advancement Kenneth Alexo, who will be aided by a search committee of trustees, faculty and staff. There have already been several inquiries and recommendations, and the target date for a replacement is Jan. 1. Alexo said, “We are looking for someone who will continue the good work David has done and carry forward the ‘Full Impact Learning’ identity that he spearheaded. I’m looking forward to this great opportunity for Drew. This position is likely to attract some good candidates because of the work done by the communication department over the last few years.”
While the search takes place, Renée Olson will take over as interim Chief Communications Officer and Executive Director of Marketing. Olson is currently the Director of Strategic Content and has worked at Drew for six years, starting with the Drew Magazine, and now is in charge of that as well as stories featured on the Drew website. On Muha’s departure, Olson said, “David has worked incredibly hard to keep the university community informed, which is no easy task. He was instrumental in putting together a university identity and was a great guy to work for. He will definitely leave a hole once he leaves.”