Whitman Joins CTS as Director of Communications

Joe Whitman, APR, has joined Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) as Director of Communications. A seasoned communications professional, he brings more than three decades of strategic marketing, creative concept/execution and public relations experience to the ecumenical seminary.

Prior to joining CTS, Whitman provided marketing and communications counsel to a variety of high-profile regional and national clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. In addition to serving as Vice President/Creative Director for several prominent Midwestern branding and advertising firms, he most recently worked as principal of Whitman Communications, Inc. -- a strategic marketing communications agency.

CTS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton remarked that Whitman’s experience in building relationships with business, government and grassroots organizations will serve the seminary as it aims to deepen its connections and involvement with constituencies throughout Indianapolis. “Joe’s background in building relationships, crafting strategic messages and communicating with diverse groups will be a real asset as CTS expands its mission to engage our community, and redefine theological education, in new and innovative ways,” Rev. Boulton said.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Whitman is active in several professional associations including the Public Relations Society of America, where he earned APR accreditation in the practice of public relations, a credential held by fewer than 20 percent of practitioners worldwide. He is also affiliated with the American Institute of Graphic Arts, American Marketing Association and the Evans Scholar Foundation. In addition, Whitman serves as adjunct faculty to the I.U. School of Journalism at IUPUI and has received numerous regional and national awards for his print and broadcast work.

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