As the Executive Director of College Relations at Ocean County College, Jan Kirsten is responsible for marketing programs, brand management, special events, and alumni. Prior to joining OCC in 2002, she worked in strategic marketing and promotional initiatives at Benetton Sportsystems Inc., Prince Division. In addition to management and marketing in both higher education and the corporate realm, Jan’s areas of expertise traverse the spheres of conference and event planning, public and media relations, and publicity. Jan thrives on challenges – particularly those that expand the College’s strategic initiatives – and responds to all responsibilities and undertakings with her strengths: creativity, drive, leadership. Jan holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgian Court University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and her spoiled golden retriever, Buoy.