Coahoma Community College welcomes Alexus Hunter, the new Chief Communications Officer. Hunter has an extensive background in journalism. In Washington, D.C., Alexus gained her experience as the Press Secretary for Congressman Bennie Thompson. Hunter wrote press releases about funding opportunities, the January 6 insurrection, and legislation. She also handled all of the social media platforms. She attributes a lot of her professional success to Congressman Thompson, as well as others, who have allowed her the opportunity to do what she loves. Hunter plans to utilize the knowledge she gained to provide the communications department at the institution with a wealth of resources.
Hunter is also a proud alumni of Coahoma Community College, earning an Associate of Arts degree in Journalism in 2016. While attending college here, she was a Student Ambassador and played softball. Hunter loves this institution and will work diligently in the Communications department.
Hunter went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Tougaloo College and graduated magna cum laude. She furthered her education at Jackson State University, where she earned a Master’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies and also graduated magna cum laude. Hunter is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership.
Before comprising the role of Press Secretary in Washington, D.C., Hunter recruited for Tougaloo College and managed data in the Enrollment Management Office. Hunter believes that when students feel a connection to their institution, they are more likely to stay and perform well academically. She spent a lot of time flying to various parts of the United States to promote Tougaloo College to prospective students. Hunter’s hard work has paved the way for many opportunities. While at Tougaloo College, she earned the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) scholarship. During Black Press Week, Hunter joined Congressman Thompson during an award ceremony held by the NNPA.
While Hunter may have spent the last couple of years in Washington, D.C., her roots are in Mississippi. Hunter worked part-time in graduate school for WLOO TV-35.1 News Network in Jackson, Mississippi under the late Mr. William Dilday. As the Special Projects and Programs Coordinator, Hunter maintained the broadcast list and made it available on networks, collaborated with stakeholders about the news station, assisted the General Manager in managing the network, and completed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reports.
Hunter believes that when you put your faith in God and work hard, all things are possible. Hunter is back home to make a difference and is very appreciative of this opportunity. She wants to thank her parents for their encouragement throughout her career and also Dr. Towner for giving her the opportunity to work at her alma mater. Hunter is also the youngest member of the Executive Team at the institution and understands that with this position comes a great responsibility. One of the scriptures she loves to quote is from the bible, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”