Gina Calcamuggio has been named interim executive director of University Communications and Marketing, succeeding Joe Brennan. Her appointment was effective Monday.
An Ohio University alumna, Calcamuggio joined the university as senior director of marketing communications in December 2006 to lead a staff of 12. She spearheaded the recent "Promise" academic marketing campaign -- the institution's first marketing campaign.
"We are fortunate to have a person of Gina's talent and leadership available to guide our efforts in Communications and Marketing at this time," President Roderick J. McDavis said. "I know she will be a valuable addition to my executive leadership team."
Calcamuggio has dedicated her career to advancing education and the arts. She worked as an independent marketing and communications consultant for higher ed and nonprofit organizations in the Toledo area prior to joining Ohio University. Prior to that, she served in a variety of capacities at the University of Toledo, including senior communications manager and senior coordinator of enrollment communications and marketing. She also served as executive director of the Croswell Opera House and Fine Arts Association in Adrian, Mich.
Calcamuggio is a 1992 summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College.
"This is a humbling opportunity," Calcamuggio said. "I'm proud to serve my alma mater and proud of the commitment and passion that define my colleagues in UCM. We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with partners across the institution to find compelling and creative ways to advance the Ohio University story."
Part of the Office of the President, Communications and Marketing employs a wide array of communications strategies in support of Ohio University initiatives and priorities. Publications, news and information, media relations, video production, satellite operations and Web production all fall within UCM's scope of responsibility, and messages serve both internal and external audiences.
McDavis is in the process of forming a universitywide search committee of approximately 15 members, to be chaired by Chief Information Officer Brice Bible, to guide a national search for a permanent executive director. A search firm with experience in the communications and marketing field also will assist.
Brennan, whose resignation was effective Friday, is the new associate vice president for university communications at the State University of New York at Buffalo, his alma mater.
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