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Dr. Julia Devous

Email: julia.devous@paradisevalley.edu

Dr. Julia Devous is the Director of Development and Community Relations, a new role she began at PVCC during the summer of 2009.  She previously served the college as the Director of Institutional Advancement from fall 2005 through summer 2009.  Julia has over nineteen years of professional experience in development, advancement, marketing, communications and public relations --  sixteen of those in higher education. 

Julia received her doctorate in Fine Arts with a specialization in Theatre Management, and an M.A. in Theatre from Texas Tech University.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a double major in marketing from Millikin University in Illinois.   Previously she held positions at the University of Arizona (ten years as the Director of Marketing and Development for the School of Theatre Arts), the University of Central Florida (Associate Professor of Theatre Management), and the University of Vermont.  She served as the Director of Marketing for the City of Mesa’s new $100 million Mesa Arts Center for three years. She has fourteen years of university teaching experience at all course levels, 100-level through graduate level in theatre, theatre management and arts marketing. With her background in theatre as a former actress and stage manager, Dr. Devous particularly enjoys special events management and public speaking.

She is a professional member of the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Council for Resource Development (CRD). Outside of work, Dr. Devous serves as the Public Relations/Fundraising chair for the Annie Moore Memorial Project through Phoenix’s nonprofit Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation.    

Dr. Devous was selected to participate in the prestigious American Association of Community Colleges Future Leaders Institute in 2007, and is a 2004 graduate of the Mesa Leadership, Training and Development program.   Under her direction, the PVCC Advancement office won its first NCMPR Medallion Awards in 2007, including four golds, and its first bronze award from CASE for publications design.   Her work had previously won three “Addy” awards from the Tucson Advertising Federation.

Julia is originally from northern Illinois.  She and husband Christopher live in northwest Peoria with their son.