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John Garrett, founder and publisher of Community Impact Newspaper, will present the commencement address to the Concordia University Texas’ fall graduating class of 2013 at Riverbend Centre on Saturday, December 7, at 2 p.m.
After graduating from Pflugerville High School, John Garrett graduated from Sam Houston State University and began his newspaper career at the Houston Chronicle. He became the advertising director at the Austin Business Journal in 2002 and helped turn the publication into one of the top-performing American City Business Journals.
While at the Austin Business Journal, John decided to create a hyper-local, monthly publication with free distribution to everyone and that would be delivered through the mail. In September 2005, Community Impact Newspaper launched in Round Rock and Pflugerville.
Currently, there are 15 multi-city editions of Community Impact Newspaper that are mailed to more than 1 million households and businesses in the Austin, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth metro areas. More Texans receive a Community Impact Newspaper than any other publication in the state.
John and his wife, Jennifer, have three daughters and live in Round Rock. They are active members of Hill Country Bible Church–Round Rock. John is the 2012-13 chairman of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and serves on several community boards and nonprofit organizations. He was named the 2010 Concordia University Excellence in Leadership Honoree, the 2010 Sam Houston State University Distinguished Young Alumnus and the Pflugerville Education Foundation’s 2010 Distinguished Alumni. John also serves on the Concordia University Texas Foundation Board.
Commencement services are free and open to the public. Seats do fill quickly, so early arrival is recommended. Doors may be closed once the service begins to avoid disruption.
For more information, visit www.concordia.edu/commencement.