University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY - BBA - Marketing - Dec 2009

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY - MS - Instructional System Design - May 2012

  • Graduate Certificate, Distance Learning - May 2012
  • Graduate Certificate, Technology Leadership - June 2013

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY - Ph.D. - Communication - August 2014 - Present


Director, Office of Strategic Communication, Academic Excellence, University of Kentucky, December 2016 - Present

Oversees strategic communication, marketing and CRM operations within the Academic Excellence (AE) operations. Units include: Enrollment Management, International Center, Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching (CELT), Student and Academic Life (SAL) and Faculty Advancement. Responsible for a lifecycle rollout and integration of Salesforce CRM across AE units, Graduate School, and Alumni and Philanthropy. Currently developing and building strategic communication staff and support structure.

Director of Communication & Technology, University of Kentucky, July 2012 - Present

Directs all communications, marketing and technology related strategy for the office of Enrollment Management. Overseas strategic communication and direction of constituency relationship management system (CRM) utilized by campus communicators. Key stakeholder for Public Relations/Marketing and institutional agency of record. Manages technical/digital team of three full-time staff, as well as two student interns. Migrated over seven web properties and thousands of pages from flat HTML to Drupal CMS, the largest CMS-based migration web project on campus. Developed, planned and executed the Academic Exploration Tool, an interactive, data-driven enterprise content management solution for colleges and degree programs across campus. Executes and implements strategic marketing and communication plans based on data, analytics, research and consumer behavior trends and data. Designs, develops and executes digital, social and direct marketing efforts on behalf of the University. 

Director of Interactive Communications, University of Kentucky, Dec 2011 - July 2012

Strategically projected future trends and habits of current and prospective students. Responsible for direct marketing, social media and technology integration within a full-scale relationship management plan that incorporates CRM, web, social media and direct marketing efforts. Developed a strategic calendar, behavioral and relational-based communications plan for Enrollment Management via digital and traditional communication methods that maintain cohesion and unification across all members of the organization. Developed and managed a multi-channel digital student recruitment program working with the admissions team, current students, faculty and staff to create content and shape an institutional recruitment message. Established admission/enrollment-specific social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, etc.); as well as manage institutional presence on college search networks.

Computer Support Specialist III, University of Kentucky, Jan 2010 -  Dec 2011

Responsible for management and maintenance of computing devices assigned to all Enrollment Management units. Coordinated with UK Main Campus Network Engineering regarding the safety & speed of network to include upgrades, security and compliance. Deployed iPad kiosks in UK Visitor Center. Rolled out iPad “roaming” devices for data harvesting for UK Preview Nights and recruiting staff. Conferred with staff, users, and management to establish requirements for new systems or modifications. Configured equipment for employee use, performing or ensuring proper installation of operating systems, or appropriate software.

Project Manager, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, Dec 2009 - Feb 2010

Assisted in developing an oral history project “From Combat to Kentucky” ( that documents Kentucky's student veterans, and their individual experiences during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and their transition into higher education. Managed and developed project scope, marketing, website and interview style. Developed and assisted in the strategic planning for national and state-wide implementation and playwright for theatrical performances. 

Lab Manager, University of Kentucky; Lexington, KY - Feb 2008 - Jan 2010

Lab Manager over multiple Apple campus computer labs >150 clients; directly supervised 8 lab student consultants; directly supervised and assisted with special technical projects/teams; completed various administrative tasks; employee scheduling; performance evaluations, payroll and project management; provide technical assistance and support for various software/platforms; hardware and software technical assistance and repair.

Electronic Communications, United States Marine Corps.; Kaneohe Bay, HI - Dec 2002 - Dec 2006

Developed various strategic electronic communication plans throughout Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Responsible for $4 million in cryptographic hardware and materials. Modified and improved unit and theater wide standard operating procedures for satellite, VHF, HF and cryptographic communication strategies and procedures. Counseled subordinates and mentored junior Marines as required in order to improve the effectiveness of the unit. Obtained U.S. Government Level II Secret Security Clearance.

Online Contributions & Media

Guest blogger on 

Google+ EdTech Community, owner and moderator: 

Top 25 Accounts to follow for Education Technology: 

Cotton, A. (2013, October). Colorado state use nonstop social media to reach student prospects read more:. The Denver Post. Retrieved from

Dockterman, E. (2013, October). Never visit a college campus with your parents again thanks to google: why the rise of online interviews and tours is good and bad news for college applicants. Time. Retrieved from 


  1. Gayheart, JT (2016, August) So you want to be an “Astronaut”? Making a “Major” choice at the University of Kentucky. Mini-Session.  EduWeb Conference. Denver, Co.
  2. Gayheart, J.T., Stone, G. (2015, December) Attract, Engage and Enroll – Marketing a MOOC. Presentation. Kentucky Convergence Conference. Bowling Green, KY. 
  3. Hollis, E.T., Gayheart, J.T. (2014, November). A digital phd, doc students speak out. Presentation at 2014 Kentucky Convergence Conference, Louisville, KY. 
  4. Gayheart, J.T., Hollis, E. T. (2014, May). A digital learning community, doc students speak out. Presentation at the 2014 Kentucky Pedagogicon Conference, Richmond, KY.
  5. Gayheart, J.T. (2014, November) Productivity and task management using Evernote, a cloud solution. Workshop. Kentucky Convergence Conference. Louisville, KY.
  6. Gayheart, J.T., Hurst, T. (2014, October). Developing a community of educational technology leadership. Innovative Session / Mini-Workshop. Session conducted at the meeting of the University Council of Educational Administration, Indianapolis, IN.

Professional Memberships & University Service


American Marketing Association (AMA)                                                           2009 - 2012

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)                           2012 - Present

Center for the Advanced Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE)        2013 - 2015

University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)                                2013 - Present

Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)                                     2013 - Present

National Communication Association (NCA)                                                     2014 - Present

University of Kentucky

Board Member, UK Student Veterans Association                                           2013 - Present

Volunteer, Interviewer, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History                          2013 - 2015

Guest Lecturer, UK 101, UK 201                                                                       2013 - 2016

Member, UKFCU Supervisory Audit Committee                                               2014 - Present 

Member, EMPI (myUK: GPS) Committee                                                          2015 - Present

Member, Student Financial Aid Review Committee                                          2015 - 2016

Member, Web Vendor Selection Committee                                                     2015 - 2016

Grantee, Veteran MOOC, KY Department of Veteran Affairs                            2015 - Present

Chair, CRM Selection Committee                                                                     2016 - Present

Chair, Year-Long Registration Communication Subcommittee                        2016 - Present

Awards & hONORS

Award of Excellence. University and College Designers Association (UCDA). Academic Exploration Tool (AET), 2016.

Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award. Honorable Mention. Oral History Association. From Combat to Kentucky: Interviews with Student Veterans, 2015.

Twenty-Ninth Annual Educational Advertising Awards, Higher Education Marketing Report. 2014, Gold Award, and Silver Award, 2013 University View book. 

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III Awards, 2014 Grand Award, website.

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III Awards, 2013 Special Merit Award,  Admitted Student Packet.

University of Kentucky Admissions Website Named in Top Five Percent Among College Websites,  National Research Center for College & University Admissions, October 2013.  

"see blue." Named Best College Social Media Campaign, June 2012.


Available upon request.