Published on 03/23/21

Kiggen to lead new vision for communications at CAES

Cassie Ann Kiggen joined the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) in the role of chief communications officer on March 17.

As leader of the Office of Communications and Creative Services, Kiggen will develop strategic marketing and communications plans to elevate the college's national reputation and strengthen its position as a global thought leader. As a member of the college’s executive leadership team, Kiggen reports directly to CAES Dean and Director Nick T. Place.

“I am delighted to take on this tremendous opportunity to serve as the chief communications officer for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. I am looking forward to working with Dean Place and CAES leadership to best promote and bolster the voice of UGA Extension, the students and alumni the college represents and serves, and CAES research,” Kiggen said.

Her responsibilities focus on initiating, directing and maintaining effective messaging strategy; issues and crisis management; public and media relations; internal communications; and marketing and content strategy.

“As a University of Georgia alum and Georgia native, I am especially grateful to be working alongside some of the most brilliant minds in agricultural and environmental sciences and to be leading a talented group of strategic marketers and storytelling professionals,” Kiggen added.

Kiggen earned her bachelor's degree from UGA's School of Public and International Affairs and her master's degree from American University's School of International Service. She joins UGA from her most current role as director of communications at the National Venture Capital Association in Washington, D.C., and previously served in marketing and communications roles for the United Nations Foundation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on the CAES Office of Communications and Creative Services, visit

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