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Matt Browning

A member of the State family since 2002, Matt Browning currently serves as the director of communications for the WVSU Research & Public Service division, where he manages the marketing communications efforts of the university’s research station, extension service and Center for the Advancement of STEM, as well as works on university-wide marketing communications efforts as part of the Advancement, Communications and Marketing team. 
During his tenure at WVSU, he helped launched the university’s communications department for Extension and Research, spearheaded the “Extending Knowledge – Changing Lives” integrated marketing campaign, produced and hosted more than 50 episodes of the “Extension Matters” television series, created and edited its accompanying, Hermes award-winning print publication, and led such award-winning marketing campaigns as those for the West Virginia Urban Agriculture Conference and the “Destination: Beautification” community beautification project. 
At the national level, Matt has chaired the communications teams for the 1890 Association of Extension Administrators and the Southern Region Program Leadership Network; worked on the planning committees for the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act in 2014 and the 125th anniversary of the Second Morrill Act in 2015; and is a member of the communications subcommittee for the National Land-Grant Impacts Database, where he was responsible for writing and editing impact statements about agricultural research and extension programs. His work has been published in the Journal of Extension.
A long-time member of the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences, Matt was recently named Marketing Director of ACE and has worked on multiple initiatives to strengthen the organization’s brand identity and membership, including developing new marketing materials, messaging and a strategic plan for communications. His work has received nine ACE awards, including four Gold Awards and an Outstanding Professional Skill award. In 2018, he received the Pioneer Award from ACE, which honors members who demonstrate exceptional leadership and technical skills and make significant contributions to ACE during their early careers.
In addition to his work at WVSU, Matt has worked as a course developer and adjunct instructor with West Virginia University’s (WVU) Reed College of Media, where he has taught courses in Writing for Public Relations, Health Promotion Writing and Social Media Campaigns.
Matt received his bachelor’s degree in communications from WVSU in 2004 and a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from WVU in 2009. He is also a novelist, represented by the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. He has two books slated for release in 2020. He lives in South Charleston, W.Va.
Matt Browning
Director of Communications
Phone: (304) 204-4002
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