Ann W. Kimbrough
Dr. Ann L. Wead Kimbrough has been Dean of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, Florida A&M University, since August 2012. The veteran, award-winning financial journalist is also a tenured, full professor. Dean Kimbrough is fortunate to serve some 600 undergraduate students, faculty and staff in the SJGC. She also has a distinguished, 27-year career in higher education and has served in leadership positions in government and special events management that includes the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Dean Kimbrough oversees a faculty and staff of professionals who manage world-class teaching operations that include WANM-FM 90.5 radio station; FAMU TV20 that reaches 80,000 Comcast subscribers; Famuan online newspaper; Journey magazine; and programming for Sirius XM Radio Channel for HBCUs.Dr. Kimbrough also spearheaded the partnership agreement with the Black Television News Channel, a 24-hour network. Construction will begin in 2015 in the 100,000-square-foot SJGC building for BTNC’s headquarters operations and main newsrooms. BTNC will produce and air programming that is informative, educational, entertaining, inspiring and empowering to the black viewing audience.
The BTNC agreement places SJGC on the cutting-edge in training future multimedia professionals. BTNC will serve as the independent site for the school’s course of study in network broadcasting and operations. FAMU students will hone their crafts through first-hand experience while utilizing the latest digital broadcasting technology and systems. Career counseling, internship opportunities and job placement are also components of the agreement. BTNC will hire a professional team of more than 200 journalists, sales personnel, operations staff and other administrative positions, and make substantial investments in the SJGC facilities, on the FAMU campus and provide donations to scholarships and innovative SJGC operations.
Dr. Kimbrough has been an advisor to a student newspaper, faculty sponsor, grants writer, fundraiser, and faculty liaison to a university’s president’s office, internship coordinator, limited time manager of university relations, and a tutor. As a faculty member, Dr. Kimbrough has led courses in basic journalism, financial journalism, public relations, strategic communications, international business and cross-cultural communications.
Dean Kimbrough served in a leadership position with the organizing agency for the 1996 Olympic Games. She has authored, contributed, anchored and produced in all media – radio, television, newspaper and magazine – on national and international platforms. The media assignments include Georgia Public Television, The New York Times, Atlanta Journal/Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Business Week, Time, U.S. News and World Report, Fortune, Essence, Black Enterprise, Marketing Management, Advertising Age, Chicago Tribune, Ebony Jr., and Twins.
She has served as the chief of staff to the chief executive officer of DeKalb County Government (Ga.) where she successfully launched a countywide public awareness and educational campaign for successful passage of a $250 million bond referendum. She also served as president of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. The Atlanta Business League also named Dr. Kimbrough one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence.
Dean Kimbrough currently serves on the board of the Alzheimer’s Project, and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Tallahassee, Northwestern University Council of 100 Women, the League of Women Voters, Clark Atlanta University Alumni Association, and is a leadership contributor to the United Way of the Big Bend. She is also an auxiliary member of Leadership Tallahassee (Leadership Atlanta ’93 and Leadership DeKalb ‘05).
Dr. Kimbrough holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree in International Business, Argosy University. She also graduated with honors from Northwestern University (MS) and Clark Atlanta University (BA).