The University of Texas at Arlington has appointed Joe Carpenter as senior associate vice president and chief communications officer for the Department of Institutional Advancement. Carpenter currently serves as vice president for university relations and chief communications officer at Radford University.
Carpenter will work closely with the vice president of institutional advancement, Dee Robinson, President Vistasp M. Karbhari and the senior leadership team to lead the University’s global marketing and communication efforts, institutional marketing and brand positioning, internal communication, media relations and community outreach.
“Joe has led diverse and highly complex organizations in developing and executing strategic communication, crisis communication, reputation management, marketing, media and government relations,” Robinson said. “His experience with issues and leadership across large organizations and crises will elevate UTA’s reputation and provide an even greater catalyst for research, academic and economic change throughout our region.”
Prior to Radford, Carpenter served a career in the U.S. Navy, retiring at the rank of commander. His many Navy public affairs assignments included director of congressional information and public affairs for the Secretary of the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C. and as the director of public relations and chief communications officer at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
“I am excited to be joining the institutional advancement team at this special time for the University of Texas at Arlington,” Carpenter said. “UTA has a growing reputation as being the model 21st-century urban research university that is setting the standard for higher education and making real impacts in our communities and in industry. I am looking forward to collaboratively promoting a greater awareness of the success of our students, the excellent teaching and innovative research of our faculty, the dedication of our hard-working staff and diverse accomplishments and successes of our alumni.”
Carpenter earned a bachelor’s degree at the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree at the U.S. Naval War College. His first day will be Aug. 20.