(February 23, 2015)

Centenary welcomes new Associate Vice President for Marketing & Communication Calhoun Allen

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary President David Rowe recently announced the appointment of Calhoun Allen as the new Associate Vice President for Marketing & Communication. His tenure will begin March 1.

Calhoun Allen
Associate Vice President of Marketing & Communication Calhoun Allen

"While I have been living in Switzerland, I was raised in Shreveport, and it is truly home for me," said Allen. "I am not just familiar with Centenary and its excellent reputation as a small liberal arts college; I have long been one of its strongest ambassadors. The opportunity to work with a talented, passionate group of professionals in helping strengthen the College's brand and reputation is not just exciting—it is a privilege."

Allen comes to Centenary with 12 years of experience in higher education and 17 years in marketing. He most recently served in a number of leadership roles at Franklin University Switzerland, an American liberal arts university in Lugano, Switzerland, that is recognized as a leader in international education. Allen came to Franklin in the fall of 2001 as Executive in Residence in International Management with the responsibility of developing a strong marketing curriculum for the University. After a rewarding four-year teaching experience, Allen had the opportunity of contributing in a number of senior-level marketing leadership positions, helping guide Franklin's marketing efforts strategically as well as overseeing the implementation of communication initiatives in support of all areas of the College.

He also served as Senior Advisor to the president and as a member of Franklin's President's Cabinet, enjoying his contribution to many short- and long-term initiatives, including co-chairing sub-committees for Franklin's successful ten-year U.S. accreditation review by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 2010.

"Calhoun comes to us with years of experience under his belt and a keen understanding of the Centenary community—qualities that are crucial to a challenging role that is new at Centenary," said Fred Landry, Vice President for Advancement. "We welcome Calhoun back home and look forward to his leadership in helping to advance the mission of the College."

Allen is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor of arts in history, political science, and English and a master of business administration.