A Nevada graduate and former intern in the Media Services office in athletics, Katie Cavender received a promotion at the Mountain West this week.
Craig Thompson announced the promotion of Cavender to Assistant
Commissioner for Strategic Communications on Friday.
Now entering her seventh year
with the Mountain West, Cavender will have sole managerial oversight of all
aspects of the Conference website and social media outlets. She will play an
integral role in the Mountain West Digital Network and continue to serve as a
secondary media contact for MW football, as well as manage the league's
Cavender, who was promoted to
Director of New Media and Technology in July 2010, began her duties as Mountain
West multimedia coordinator on August 16, 2007. She earned a bachelor's
degree in journalism from the University of Nevada in 2005. While pursuing her
degree, the Elko, Nev., native worked as a student assistant in the Wolf
Pack athletics department, primarily in the areas of sports information,
publicity and promotions. Following graduation, Cavender spent a year as a
public relations intern with the Pacific-10 Conference, where she served as the
primary media contact for baseball, men's and women's swimming and diving, and
men's and women's tennis.
Cavender came to
the Mountain West from the Boise State athletics department, where she was the
assistant media coordinator for the 2006 MPC Computers Bowl and provided
day-to-day support in facilities, game operations and planning. In June 2008,
Cavender received her Master's of Education degree in intercollegiate athletic
leadership from the University of Washington.