Jessica Duren

Strategic Communications Director

Jessica Duren joined SHEEO in December 2022 as the strategic communications director. Duren previously served as assistant commissioner for communications & outreach for the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development. As a member of the senior leadership team, Duren was instrumental in helping to develop the department’s strategic plan in 2021. She set the direction for the department’s marketing efforts to share the importance of all education beyond high school and the impact of education and training for today’s workforce. Duren has served Missourians in various communications roles with the department since 2014.

Prior to her time at the department, Duren was a copy editor and reporter for the Jefferson City News Tribune and the editor of three weekly papers in Northeast Iowa. Duren holds a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Missouri State University. In her time outside of work, Duren enjoys traveling and spending time with her many nieces and nephews.

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SHEEO Welcomes Jessica Duren as Strategic Communications Director

by Annahita Jimmerson

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) welcomes Jessica Duren as its new strategic communications director. Duren will be a part of SHEEO’s Washington, D.C., office and will develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive and multi-faceted communications strategy for SHEEO and its membership. She will provide oversight and direction for SHEEO’s internal and external communications, including website, social media, print publications, and email marketing. Jessica Duren Before joining SHEEO,…

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