Mosely-Hawkins leads SC State’s PR office

Thursday, November 21, 2013

As SC State University continues to increase its brand value and raise the level of awareness on its excellence in education, research and public service, a new member to the public relations and marketing team has been added. Elizabeth “Liz” Mosely-Hawkins has been named the director of  public relations  in the Division of  External Affairs and Communications.  Mosely-Hawkins has more than 13 years of experience in public relations, digital communications and graphic design.

Elizabeth Mosely-Hawkins

Elizabeth Mosely-Hawkins
“We are delighted that Liz has joined the External Affairs and Communications team. Her level of expertise and professionalism will help elevate SC State University to the forefront of the higher education arena,” said Sonja Bennett-Bellamy, vice president for the Division of External Affairs and Communications.

As director, Mosely-Hawkins oversees the public communications strategy for SC State. She is no stranger to the university. Prior to her current position, Mosely-Hawkins was the director of communications for the university’s 1890 Research Program. Under her leadership, the program produced ADVANCE, the university’s first research magazine.  Upon her arrival to SC State in 2007, Mosely-Hawkins served as the communications coordinator for the 1890 Research & Extension Program. She was instrumental in the launch of the program’s website. In addition to her work with the 1890 Program, she performed public and media relations roles for the Division of Research, Economic Development and Public Service.

Before joining the SC State family as an employee, Mosely-Hawkins was the assistant director of public relations at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Catonsville, Md., where she was responsible for internal communications, including high profile university events such as Commencement and Convocation. She was also the communications assistant for the City of Takoma Park, in Maryland. While there she played a role in helping to develop the city’s first communications office.

Mosely-Hawkins is a former spokesperson for the insurance industry. As a communications specialist for the Insurance Information Institute (formerly the Washington, D.C. office), Mosely-Hawkins responded to media inquiries nationwide, discussing complex insurance issues ranging from deer-vehicle collisions to terrorism insurance. She assisted in the insurance industry’s response to the 9/11 attacks and the impact of terrorism on the industry by helping to establish and maintain the pioneering Disaster Insurance Information Online. The website, which was created days following the tragic events, was the predecessor to dark sites, what companies now use to manage crisis communications.

A member of the Orangeburg Young Professionals, Mosely-Hawkins is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Orangeburg County. She is currently a cohort in Leadership South Carolina. She served as chair and vice-chair of the communications committee for the Southern Program Leadership Network and held the position of secretary for the State Extension Advisory Council’s communications committee.

A native of Orangeburg, Mosely-Hawkins earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in print journalism and radio broadcast from SC State University in 2000 and a Master of Arts in public affairs/interactive journalism from American University in Washington, D.C. in 2002.

She is married to Chadwick Hawkins, a graduate of South Carolina State and a middle school educator in Richland County School District One.