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Jennifer Anderson, Chief Communication Officer

Milton welcomed Jennifer Anderson as the School’s chief communication officer this spring. In her role, Jennifer will develop and implement a comprehensive communication strategy for the institution, including oversight of Milton.edu, Milton Magazine, parent newsletters and social media channels, leadership communications, and issues management.

Prior to Milton, Jennifer was senior director of communications services for Harvard University, and she worked for more than eight years in the university’s central communications office. She led a high-performing team of public relations, marketing, digital, and creative services professionals.

“We are delighted about Jennifer’s arrival at Milton,” says Head of School Todd Bland. “For years, our office of communication has been exemplary. Jennifer brings extensive experience and an ability to offer a fresh perspective at a time when communications, both at Milton and in the world, have grown increasingly more complicated. Jennifer will evaluate our current efforts, assess our position of strength, and make thoughtful and careful enhancements to the ways we communicate with alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends of the School.”

At Harvard, Jennifer and her team managed university-wide marketing and branding, promoted faculty research and student life, supported crisis communications, and spearheaded internal and external communications campaigns on a range of academic and administrative priorities, including the arts and humanities, science research, campus planning and development, sexual assault prevention and response, and information security.

Before Harvard, Jennifer worked in public relations and marketing communications, including at SERMO Inc., a health care social networking company, and the University of Notre Dame. She also spent several years in academic publishing at Harvard University Press and the University of Missouri Press. Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. She and her husband live in Arlington with their two children.

“I’m thrilled to be at Milton, and for the opportunity to work with alumni, faculty and staff to support Milton’s academic mission,” Jennifer says. “In the short time since I arrived, it has been a privilege to meet and learn from so many members of the Milton community.
I look forward to deepening those conversations and working to ensure that Milton’s communications best support the institution’s current priorities and future aspirations.”

HAVING FUN

How does fun figure in your life? Finding joy in the pursuit of an activity, or a craft or a skill, is valuable beyond its short-term pleasure. Play, even when it’s actually hard work, profoundly affects emotional balance, self-esteem, competency and drive. Play is a vital resource for successful people. In this issue, Milton Magazine brings stories about alumni ventures that have been labors of love. An observer might think their work looks like fun. Driven by a particular passion, these alumni end up pursuing creative work that is as challenging as it is rewarding.

We ask Milton students, as well, to describe how they find fun in their busy, committed lives.