Photo Credit: USI Photography Services
John Farless has been promoted to director of News and Information Services at the University of Southern Indiana. He assumed his new role on November 12, 2012.
Farless joined USI News and Information Services as senior writer in January 2012 after more than 10 years as associate director of communications at Saint Meinrad Archabbey and Seminary and School of Theology. Prior to that, he served as staff writer, photographer, and interim editor at the Perry County News.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communications with an emphasis in print journalism and a minor in sociology from USI. While a USI student, he served as managing editor of The Aerie, arts and entertainment editor for The Shield, and cover photographer for Transitions magazine.
“I’m excited to take on the role of director of News and Information,” said Farless. “USI continues to grow and thrive, and to establish itself as an excellent opportunity for higher education in Indiana. I look forward to continuing to work with the USI community to tell our story.”
Farless replaces Kathy Funke, who retired as director of News and Information Services after 22 years in the position. Funke is still employed at the University and currently working on special projects for University Relations.
The Office of News and Information Services is a department within University Relations and part of Marketing and Communications at USI. The office is responsible for media relations; copy and publications about the University, including the USI Magazine; photography; and sports information, as well as managing the University’s social media presence.