Ken Hagihara is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Communications. He also serves as the faculty adviser to the CSUF Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and PRactical ADvantage Communications student-run agency.
Hagihara holds the APR (Accreditation in Public Relations) certification and is a member of the PRSA College of Fellows. He is the president of Integrity Public Relations, Inc., full-service agency that provides comprehensive marketing services to companies in the technology and non-profit industries.
Hagihara retired as a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy in 2020, wrapping up a career as a public affairs officer. He served as the Deputy Public Affairs Officer for Commander, U.S. Third Fleet Headquarters, and was the fleet’s lead outreach planner for the annual Los Angeles Fleet Week.
He brings his real-world public relations and advertising experience to the classroom in courses including: Introduction to Public Relations (COMM 361), Advanced PR Writing (COMM 462), Public Relations Management (COMM 464), Social Media for Public Relations and Strategic Communication (COMM 466T), and PRactical ADvantage Communications (COMM 474).
Hagihara earned a Masters in Communication Management from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a public relations emphasis from California State University, Fullerton. Hagihara was named to the CSUF Department of Communications Wall of Fame in 2004. He serves on the board of directors for Battleship USS IOWA Museum and the future National Museum of the Surface Navy.