Press Release for Thursday, September 6, 2018
University of North Florida Promotes Warren to Executive Director
Amanda Dawson, PR Specialist
The University of North
Florida has promoted Christopher Warren as executive director in the Office of
the President and University Relations. His promotion is effective immediately.
excited to have Chris take the lead in University strategic initiatives in the
President’s Office as well as having him work to enhance the student experience
at UNF,” said UNF President David Szymanski.
a Jacksonville Beach resident, will be responsible for leading the University’s
community and business relations/coalitions, sustaining/creating University
culture and experience (traditions and unifying beliefs), advocating support
for local/federal governmental initiatives, directing strategic initiatives on
behalf of President Szymanski and serving as an incident command liaison
officer on the University’s Crisis Management Team.
UNF alum, Warren became director of Governmental and Community Relations in
2015 at the University, where he served as a registered lobbyist to identify
legislative, regulatory and political opportunities to advance or defend the
University’s interest at the local, state and federal levels. He was also
responsible for retaining and expanding $111M of the University’s budget
through the state’s appropriation process. Additionally, he exerted leadership
in nonprofit organizations and associations to drive University initiatives.
In 2011, he managed JAX Chamber’s
legislative affairs portfolio and JAXBiz PAC before moving to Washington D.C.
to work for Congressman Ander Crenshaw in 2013. Following his time in
Washington, Warren worked as the business development manager for Operation New
He’s earned several awards, including
Jacksonville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” “30 Under 30” Rising Stars of
Florida Politics from Florida Politics and Jacksonville’s Top 30 Under 30 by
BUZZ Magazine. Warren is also active in the community and serves as an
Editorial Board Member for The Florida Times-Union and is a mayoral appointee
for the City of Jacksonville Public Service Grant Council.
He received a bachelor’s degree from
UNF in communication, with a concentration in public relations and a minor in
university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers
students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to
build their own futures through a well-rounded education.