FORT WAYNE, Ind.—John Kaufeld has been appointed chief communications officer at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). In this position, he will focus on the university’s strategic communications plan, support the news media’s coverage of IPFW, and serve as the university’s official spokesperson.
Kaufeld moves into the position after five years as IPFW’s social media manager. He has 20 years of media and communications experience with non-profits, corporations, and as a freelance writer and bestselling author, with over 2.9 million copies of his “...For Dummies” titles in print.
“John is a unique professional who brings a singular set of skills, insights, and experiences to our executive team,” said Chancellor Vicky Carwein. “Our ability to communicate with our partners, constituents, faculty, staff, and students is a key part of IPFW’s future. John’s expertise will help us continue to grow and develop in those areas.”
Before joining IPFW, Kaufeld worked with media and communications for the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA), STAR Financial Bank, and Grabill Cabinet Company. As a freelance journalist, his articles appeared in consumer and trade media outlets around the country. He also wrote 25 books in the popular “...For Dummies” series (John Wiley & Sons).
“This is an exciting time for IPFW,” said Kaufeld. “I’m thrilled to be in a position where I can share that excitement both on campus and throughout our city, region, and beyond. I want to share the stories and successes of IPFW. I look forward to helping expand the reach of the university as we implement our 2020 plan for the future.”
Kaufeld earned a Master of Arts in professional communication from IPFW and a Bachelor of Science in information systems from Ball State University. He begins his new duties on Monday, April 28.
For more information, contact Kim Wagner, chief of staff, chancellor’s office, at 260-481-6103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.