Jennifer Pearce

Vice President for External Affairs and Executive Director of The McGlothlin Center for the Arts

Jennifer joined Emory & Henry College after a 12-year tenure in higher education at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. There, she managed a team of 13 in the Office of Marketing and Communications. Prior to Otterbein, she managed staff in public relations, sales, marketing and communications at The Longaberger Company, Cheryl&Company, both national businesses headquartered in Ohio, and at an Appalachian regional medical center in the southwest portion of Ohio.

“I’m excited to be a part of the Emory & Henry community and Southwest Virginia,” she said in a news statement. “The College has an amazing story to tell about its students, faculty and alumni. There’s a reason it’s listed as the best national liberal arts college in the region by U.S. News and World Report and one of only 40 colleges featured nationally in the book ‘Colleges that Changes Lives’ by Loren Pope.”

Since joining E&H in December 2017, she now leads the college’s strategic direction for External Affairs including the departments of Marketing and Communications; The McGlothlin Center for the Arts; and WEHC 90.7 radio station that serves five counties in the region and streams internationally. Having served four years directing Enrollment Management on an interim basis from Spring 2020 to Spring 2024, with record breaking admissions and residency numbers, she has been tapped to serve as the Executive Director the McGlothlin Center for the Arts, to grow its programming in the Southwest Virginia region and to attract additional art, theatre and music students to E&H. 

“Emory & Henry has grown since its founding in 1836 and continues to be an economic contributor to the region with the strong talents of our graduates impacting the area as well as the world to bring about broad and bold change,” she said. “Our students are global thinkers and doers. They are eager to be engaged in the area through experiential learningcivic engagement and internships. We know business and industry are seeking out our students to impact their organizations based on their experiences while at Emory & Henry. They are prepared to enter the workforce or graduate school to further their passions.” 

Jennifer lives in Bristol, Va. with her husband Bill, who directs housing and auxillary services at E&H. They have two grown daughters and all four are liberal arts graduates.

Jennifer was recently appointed to the board of People Incorporated of Virginia and is a member of 100+ TriCities Women Who Care.

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Graduated with honors from Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio with double majors in Public Relations and Speech Communications with an emphasis in broadcast journalism; minor in Business. 

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