Arlethia Perry-Johnson has more than 35 years of experience in higher education, federal and state government, and the non-profit sector. As a strategic advisor to executives, she developed vast expertise in communications, marketing, external affairs, government relations, strategic planning, international engagement, program management, fundraising, and governance.
During her decade-long tenure at Georgia’s Kennesaw State University, Arlethia moved from Special Assistant to the President, to Vice President of External Affairs. Then, she was asked to assume the title of Vice President of Strategic Communications and Marketing. In those three roles, she spent nine years working with legislators at Georgia’s State Capitol.
As the Chief Communications Officer for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG), Arlethia served four chancellors over 11 years. She also became the founding director of USG’s African American Male Initiative which she led for 15 years.
Her career also includes managerial roles at large public research universities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia. And, as manager of national and investor media relations for the Tennessee Valley Authority, Arlethia worked directly with that federal agency’s chairman and chief financial officer on national and global media strategy.
Arlethia is a board member of Communities in Schools of Georgia and the Georgia Council on Economic Education. She is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Academy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a past Fellow of the Associate’s Program of the National Center for Public Policy in Higher Education. She also previously served as vice-chair and chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Advisory Council for Communications and Public Affairs.
Arlethia has received education awards from the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education, CASE, the NAACP, and Georgia Tech, among others. She was recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as one of “25 Women Leaders Who Are Making a Difference.”
Arlethia holds a B.A. in journalism and communications from Point Park University. Strategic Partnerships is lucky to add Arlethia to our team of consultants.