The University Record, January 14, 2002

New ‘Record’ executive editor aboard

By Nancy Connell
News and Information Services

Gnagey (Photo by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services)
Laurel Thomas Gnagey has been named executive editor of “The University Record.” Thomas Gnagey most recently served as the director of communications for Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, a statewide social services agency where she managed public relations, marketing and volunteer services.

“Laurel Gnagey possesses a broad range of experience in both communications and in higher education, coupled with a deep appreciation of the University mission and the people who comprise its community,” said Nancy Connell, director of News and Information Services. “Her unique qualifications will enable her to further enhance the “Record’s” role as the communications vehicle for the faculty and staff of the University of Michigan.”

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead the team that has the privilege of telling the stories of faculty and staff who contribute to making U-M one of the leading educational institutions in this nation,” says Gnagey. “I look forward to the challenge of maintaining the “Record’s” outstanding reputation while meeting the information needs of the campus community in exciting new ways. I also welcome feedback from readers on the job the “Record” is doing to keep them informed.”

Thomas Gnagey’s experience includes positions as radio journalist in Lansing and television reporter, anchor, and news bureau manager for WWTV-WWUP television in Cadillac and Mount Pleasant. She served as director of communications for a small hospital and manager of a chamber of commerce, both in Big Rapids, Mich.

She also has held positions in higher education, as instructor of broadcast journalism at Central Michigan University; in public relations at Ind.Wesleyan University, in Marion, Indiana; and as an assistant professor of journalism and public relations for Taylor University in Upland, Ind.

She holds a master’s degree in speech and dramatic arts/broadcast and cinematic arts from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Illinois State University, and has earned 21 credits toward an Ed.D. from Ball State University.

Thomas Gnagey succeeds Jane Elgass who retired in March after serving the University for 28 years, 17 of them as executive editor of the “Record.”

To reach Thomas Gnagey call (734) 647-1841 or send e-mail to