Joe Wolf didn’t always see himself as a Flagler College graduate. The Philadelphia native moved to Tallahassee with his family when he was twelve, which means he spent his high school years in the shadow of a big state school and hadn’t really considered what a smaller institution could offer. Until he visited Flagler.
“I took one look and knew I wanted to go to Flagler,” he said. “I applied for early decision, and I told everyone it was the only place I wanted to go. In fact, it was the only college I applied to,” he said, laughing. “Much to the consternation of my parents. But I was admitted, and I never looked back.”
While at Flagler, Joe majored in communication with a focus in public relations. By the time he graduated in 2007, he had already completed an eighteen-month internship with the company he’s now employed with, Jacksonville advertising agency The Dalton Agency. At Dalton, Joe is an account executive in the strategic communications department providing media relations, communication plans, and messaging strategies for clients. Just a year after his hiring, he was named the company’s “Employee of the Year” in 2008. He says Flagler College played a large role in helping him secure his position and start a trajectory of success.
“I think one of the things that really helped me launch my career was the fact that Flagler offered such hands-on learning,” he said. “For example, I was very involved with Flagler’s student-run PR firm, and the professional connections I made through that experience really jump-started my job. I was involved in real-world professional experiences before I even graduated. That was invaluable.”
Recently, Joe worked with Flagler Professor Rosemary Tutt in a Media Landscape Study that seeks to provide industry insight into the increasing role of social media in reporting. He has been honored with awards from the Florida Public Relations Association.
In addition to his professional commitments, Joe also devotes time to Jacksonville’s Sulzbacher Center, helping homeless children with their schoolwork.