Paul Dodson Named JWU Sports Information Director and Coordinator of Athletics Facilities & Operations

Paul Dodson Named JWU Sports Information Director and Coordinator of Athletics Facilities & Operations

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2018) – Johnson & Wales Director of Athletics Dave Griffore announced on Thursday the hiring of Paul Dodson as sports information director and coordinator of athletics facilities & operations.

"We are very fortunate to have Paul join our athletics team here at JWU," Griffore said. "He has an extensive athletics background at multiple universities that will help move us forward. My staff and I are extremely excited that Paul has joined our team."

"I am thrilled to be a part of such a tremendous organization," Dodson said. "I want to thank Dave Griffore for giving me the opportunity to join the JWU family. I look forward to being a part of something special as Johnson & Wales continues to grow."

Dodson comes to JWU after spending seven years as the assistant athletic director for media relations at Florida International University (FIU). During his time at FIU, Dodson served as the primary media and public relations contact for the Athletic Department as well as oversaw the day-to-day media relations' responsibilities for the school's 18 intercollegiate sports. He worked with a number of high-profile coaches, athletes and media personalities, including football coach Butch Davis and NBA Hall of Famer Isaiah Thomas. He was responsible for the creation of FIU's digital network (PantherVision) and also spearheaded the creation of FIU social media channels.

While at FIU, Dodson was responsible for overseeing numerous events, including a number of major press conferences, championship and international events and all-star competitions.

His nearly two decades of experience in the sports industry has seen stops at Delaware State (2008-09 as assistant athletic director for media relations), the University of South Florida (2004-07 as assistant sports information director), the Women's United Soccer Association (2002-03 as manager, sports communications), and the Tampa Bay Mutiny (2000-02 as coordinator, media relations).

Dodson began his career in collegiate athletics as a student in the University of Miami sports information office followed by internships at the University of Kansas (1998-99) and the University of South Florida (1999-00).

A graduate of Miami (Fla.), Dodson received his bachelor's degree in English in 1998.