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LSUS Names Wendell Riley Director of Media and Public Relations

May 25, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SHREVEPORT, LA-Wendell Riley, Shreveport producer, production manager and former Moonbot employee, is the new director of media and public relations at Louisiana State University Shreveport, effective June 1.

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Riley has been a Shreveport resident since 2009. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md., and an MBA from Radford University in Radford, Va. He also brings almost two decades of related experience to the position.

"Wendell Riley brings an exciting array of strategic communication and marketing skills to the director's position at LSUS," said Chancellor Larry Clark.  "We regret that Moonbot is no longer around but we are very pleased to be hiring our second terrific person with ties to this great organization. Wendell has also spent the last year working at Prize Foundation and Rational Middle Media, doing significant community development work and film production. He will be joining our administrative staff in a role that is so important to the university and to the community at large."

Since moving to Shreveport, Riley has worked at Moonbot Studios, where he served as a production manager and producer on several high-profile branded entertainment campaigns such as Chipotle's Scarecrow, Michelin's Parade, Radio Flyer's Taking Flight and Dolby's Silent. These campaigns collectively brought multiple awards to the Shreveport/Bossier region, including Cannes Lions, Clios, Webby Awards, an Oscar Shortlist and Daytime Emmy Awards.  In 2017, Riley was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award as a producer on Gatorade's The Boy Who Learned to Fly, an animated short chronicling the life of Olympic superstar Usain Bolt.

Riley then moved to Rational Middle Media, where he was production manager for the Rational Middle of Immigration, a series of documentaries exploring immigration in the United States. In total, The Rational Middle films have been viewed over seven million times. Riley was recently part of a team that showed an episode of the immigration series on Capitol Hill at a bipartisan viewing and panel discussion event.  

He has also worked with Film Prize Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting tourism as well as economic and entrepreneurial business development in the Shreveport/Bossier area. He most notably served as the teacher liaison for Film Prize Junior, a program designed to engage high school students in the exercise of filmmaking, helping them develop translatable skills across the career spectrum.

Over the years, Riley has also been involved with development-focused organizations such as the Shreveport Regional Arts Council and Cohab.  "Having close ties to the LSUS community along with the desire to add to the region's development made the move to LSUS a natural one for me," Riley said. 

"I'm very passionate about the growth of the Northwest Louisiana region, and I feel very strongly that LSUS has a huge role to play in that growth," Riley said. "From the day I arrived, LSUS has been a part of my Shreveport experience, and I've always rooted for its continued success. My goal in this position is to engage and excite the LSUS campus community and alumni base, and further strengthen the university's ties within the region. I believe that this will have a tremendously positive impact on Shreveport, and I can't wait to get started."     

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More LSUS news and information can be found at www.lsus.edu/news-and-events

Media Contact: Lynn Stewart, Interim Director of Media & Public Relations Lynn.Stewart@lsus.edu 318-797-5108

 
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