The founder and chief executive officer of one of West Virginia’s most awarded advertising agencies says she’s excited about sharing her life experiences with 70 West Virginia University Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism graduates Saturday (Dec 14).


Linda Arnold, a 1976 WVU journalism graduate, will speak about”Writing Your Life Story”at the schools 10 a.m. December graduation ceremony in the Gluck Theater of the Mountainlair.


“I’m excited to get back to campus to visit with the students, parents and faculty. It is quite an honor to be asked to give the schools commencement address, and I’m looking forward to sharing some of my life experiences since leaving Morgantown,”said Arnold, of The Arnold Agency, a full-service advertising/public relations/government relations firm in Charleston.


The Arnold Agency has clients throughout the eastern region and in Washington, D.C., and specializes in health care, financial marketing, telecommunications, energy/environmental marketing and service industries.


In addition, the agency has worked extensively in the nonprofit and grassroots communication, issues development and coalition building, garnering regional and national awards for excellence, including more than 40 Addy Awards.


“Linda Arnold represents all the very best attributes of a P.I. Reed graduate: success, passion for craft and love of profession. And its obvious shes having a lot of fun along the way,” SOJ Dean Christine Martin said.


Arnold is the former communications director and press secretary to U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller during his tenure as governor. She has also held positions in the Washington, D.C., area with various public interest groups and advertising agencies and has 20 years’experience working with the media on a regional/national basis.


She has been awarded the 2002 Ernst&Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and the 2001 P.I. Reed Achievement Award, a School of Journalism Alumni Association honor for those who excel professionally and personally. She has also been named to the”Who’s Who in West Virginia Business”by The State Journal .


Arnold earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in business administration, both from WVU .