Dylan Thomas directs the communications and public relations activities of Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), the 11th largest district in the United States. Under his charge are a staff of 31 that manages media relations, public information services, sales and marketing, video production and broadcasting, volunteer and business partner relationships, employee recognition, graphic design, web content and collateral media production.
The Orange County Public Schools Public Relations Department is an annual winner of multiple state and national awards for communication materials and campaigns, including the SUNSPRA 2010 Best of Show Award for its “Sales and Marketing Initiative” as featured on NBC Nightly News in October 2011.
Dylan is the past president of the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association (2010-2012). He is often called on to present to professional organizations about OCPS programs. Among them are the Council of Great City Schools audiences of public relations executives (July 2010), and superintendents and school board members (October 2010, October 2012) on the topics of Sales and Marketing and Leadership Orange, an OCPS community engagement project. He has presented a Public Relations Brand Image program to the Florida Association of School Superintendents Conference (Sept. 2011); Florida School Boards Association Board of Directors Retreat (Sept. 2011) and Florida Association of School Administrators (July 2011). He has also shared his Sales and Marketing and Leadership Orange programs with the Central Florida School Boards Coalition in 2011/12. Finally, Dylan serves as a member of the U.S. Army Central Florida Citizens Advisory Board.
Dylan joined Orange County Public Schools in August of 2004 (between hurricanes Charlie and Frances) after more than two decades with Florida Citrus Sports, a non-profit membership organization that hosts two college football post-season bowl games and other sporting events in Central Florida.
Dylan is a Rollins College graduate, Winter Park resident and fourteen-time marathon finisher.