JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Office of Administration will soon be short a communications director, as Ryan Burns is departing the office to take on a new role.
On Monday, the Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the hiring of Burns as the new director of communications, as recommended by JCPS Superintendent Larry Linthacum.
Burns has served for the past four years as the media contact for OA on several state projects, and prior to that, she had served as communications manager for the Jefferson City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
In her new role, which begins July 1, Burns will lead the communication efforts as the completion of the new Capital City High School draws close, as well as renovations to Jefferson City High School. She will lead the existing Office of School Community Relations and be responsible for the communications and putting together a branding plan for the district.
“The district has a number of new and exciting changes on the horizon which will require us to adapt and change some of our communications strategies accordingly,” Linthacum stated in a news release. “We are thrilled to welcome Ryan to our team. She has demonstrated that she has the experience and skill set we need as we become a premier school district.”
Burns said that the opportunity is exciting, and one that she had wanted for a long time.
“As a Jefferson City native, I came of age in the public school district, but I also quite literally grew up in the halls of Jefferson City High School where my parents worked as teachers throughout my childhood,” Burns said. “To transition the professional experience I have acquired over the past decade into a career in education with Jefferson City Public Schools is an honor, and I am so delighted to have an opportunity to give back to our community and make an impact at JCPS.”
Benjamin Peters was a reporter for The Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine and also produced the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined The Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield.